Garcinia acuminata A.Chev.
Garcinia claessensii De Wild.
Garcinia curvinervis Vesque
Garcinia edeensis Engl.
Garcinia kerstingii Engl.
Garcinia pynaertii De Wild.
Garcinia quadrangula Engl.
Garcinia tibatensis Engl.
Garcinia ubangensis Engl.
Garcinia ovalifolia is a much-branched shrub or small tree growing 2 - 10 metres tall[
Its wood is sometimes used locally for making canoes.
Garcinia ovalifolia has a very wide distribution, large population, is not currently experiencing any major threats and no significant future threats have been identified. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Moist areas of tropical Africa from Guinea to Ethiopia, south to Angola.
Fringing forest in the savannah zone[
]. In savannah country at water falls; flooded and swampy, riverine and rain-forest; gallery forest at elevations of 200 - 1,500 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[
No medicinal properties have been seen for this species as yet, but there are reports that it contains several potentially interesting compounds.
Flavonins have been reported in the bark and roots, as well as traces of saponins and tannins[
Steroids and terpenes are reported in the fruits, leaves bark and roots[
The wood is used for making canoes[
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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