Garcinia subelliptica is a small tree growing 2 - 18 metres or more tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for use as an ingredient in cosmetics.
Southeast Asia - southern Japan (Ryukyu Islands), Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia (Java)
A coastal species, growing in broad-leaved forests[
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The plant is known to contain compounds with proven antiinflammatory activity.
The trees are commonly used to provide a shelterbelt in the Ryukyu Islands, where they have been shown to tolerate salt laden winds and typhoon force winds.
An extract of the leaves is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a humectant and skin conditioner[
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