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Useful Tropical Plants

Garcinia merguensis

Wight

Clusiaceae

+ Synonyms

Garcinia lanceolata Ridl.

Common Name:

Garcinia merguensis

General Information

Garcinia merguensis is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 12 metres tall[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Title
Biotik, Laos
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http://biotik.org/species_list_laos.html
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Description
Information on more than 100 species of Laotian trees.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, and for its latex.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia.

Habitat

Lowland forest[
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Title
Flora of Peninsula Malaysia
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Author
 
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http://www.tfbc.frim.gov.my
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Description
In the process of being assembled (15/07/09), it is currently a series of check sheets giving species name, brief description, habitat and high quality photos of the plants.
]. Common in lowland to lower montane forest, sometimes on limestone, at elevations up to 1,500 metres[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height10.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



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[
1798
Title
Taxonomic Revision of Garcinia Section Garcinia (Clusiaceae)
Publication
Phytotaxa 373 (1): 001-052
Author
Nazre M., Newman M.F., Pennington R.T. & Middleton D.J.
Website
https://doi.org/10.11646/phytotaxa.373.1.1
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
 
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Edible Uses

Fruit[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The fruit is a subglobose, thinly woody berry, 13mm in diameter, tipped by a conspicuous disk-like stigma 3mm wide and with a subpersistent calyx[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The latex contains a large proportion of free resin acids and a comparatively small amount of resin esters and is quite different from gamboge obtained from Garcinia morella[
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. It is not available in commercial quantities, but is used locally. The latex is collected and mixed with twice its volume of turpentine and boiled 3 times to make a pale brown-yellow varnish[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The wood is red-yellow, flexible and light, but is little used[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Year
0
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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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[
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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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