Xanthochymus spicatus Wight & Arn.
Garcinia spicata is a handsome, evergreen tree that can grow from 2 - 25 metres tall. The bole is straight[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
E. Asia - southern India, Sri Lanka
Evergreen and semievergreen forests at lower elevations[
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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[
]. A sweet, acidi flavour wirh a bitter after taste[
]. a berry, broadly oblong, yellowish, smooth, with bad odour, pulp , 3-4 cm across,; seeds 1-3, up to 2.5 cm long, oblong, latterly flattened
Fruit fleshy berry, globose, 3-4 x 2.5-3.5 cm across, yellow, smooth with sweet pulp and bad odour, encased by persistent sepals and crowned by 2-3 mm long stigma. Seeds 1-3, oblong ovoid, about 2.5 cm long, compressed laterally, covered with juicy pulp.
The plant is used medicinally[
A milky, white to yellowish-green, sticky latex exudes from the bark, branches and fruit[
The unripe fruit yields a chrome-yellow pigment[
The pale yellow to cream-white wood is hard. A good timber[
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