Garcinia echinocarpa is an evergreen tree with a thick trunk; it can grow 12 - 15 metres tall. The tree produces many long aerial roots from the lower portion of the trunk[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and oil.
E. Asia - Sri Lanka
Moist forests, especially in the lower montane zone; at elevations from 300 - 1,800 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms usually need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
]. At least some dioecious Garcinia species, however, are able to produce fertile seed even in the absence of fertilization (asexual reproduction). Such seeds would be expected to be genetically identical to the parent[
An oil is obtained from the seed[
]. The uses are not given, but the oil of several species in this genus is used for cooking and as a substitute for ghee[
The ovoid fruit is around 25 - 38mm long covered with large, sharp tubercles and containing 1 - 3 large seeds[
]. There is no mention of edibility.
An oil is obtained from the seed that is burned as an illuminant in lamps[
The wood is light and rather soft[
]. It is much used[
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