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Useful Tropical Plants

Garcinia sessilis

(G.Forst.) Seem.

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Clusia sessilis G.Forst.

Firkea sessilis (G. Forst.) Raf.

Common Name:

Garcinia sessilis
Young growth
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Garcinia sessilis Garcinia sessilis

General Information

Garcinia sessilis is an evergreen tree growing from 4 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its edible fruit, as a medicine and as a source of materials. It is sometimes cultivated for its fruit in the Samoan islands[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Pacific - Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga.

Habitat

Found in both wet and dry forests[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
]. Dense or dry forest, open thickets, and on the edges of mangrove swamps; at elevations from sea level to 1,150 metres[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details



The plant can flower and produce fruit throughout the year[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
].
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
317
Title
Mansfeld's Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://mansfeld.ipk-gatersleben.de/pls/htmldb_pgrc/f?p=185:3:4292127278597336
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details of a huge range of useful plants.
]. The red, obovoid fruit is up to 4cm long[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
].

Medicinal

The leaves are crushed in water which is then used as an eyewash for eye problems[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The bark is used medicinally[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

An abundant yellowish latex is obtained from the tree[
311
Title
Medicinal Plants in the South Pacific
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
WHO Regional Publications, Manilla.
Year
1998
ISBN
92-9061-118-9
Description
Excellent guide to 102 medicinal herbs of the Pacific Islands, with photographs of each plant and details of their constituents, biological activities and traditional uses. A description of each plant, together with habitat and distribution is given.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. No uses are recorded for it.

The faintly fragrant flowers are commonly used to scent coconut oil, and also to make necklaces[
490
Title
Flora Vitiensis Nova
Publication
 
Author
Smith. A.C.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Pacific Tropical Botanical Garden; Hawaii
Year
1979
ISBN
 
Description
A comprehensive flora of Fiji, often showing plant uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
,
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The wood is used in the construction of traditional houses[
689
Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 55
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University.
Year
1974
ISBN
 
Description
Various articles on plants, including a revision of the genus Acronychia. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - we have no specific information on this species, but the seed of most members of the genus can be slow to germinate, even if sown fresh, often taking 6 months or more[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

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