Garcinia dulcis

Garcinia dulcis

Garcinia dulcis

(Gourka)

FAMILY

Clusiaceae

Species

Garcinia dulcis

Common name

Gourka

Flower colour; life form

Flowers greenish; tree

Campus

Townsville

Description

This tree is a native of the area from India to Malaya. It has widely spreading branches, even sometimes drooping; a milky latex is exuded from broken parts. Leaves are opposite, leathery to 19 x 6 cm. The small greenish unisexual flowers are borne along the branches, these are followed by the fruit, which are fleshy and yellow when ripe, and up to 8 cm diam. The remains of the style are persistent on the fruit and appear like 4-5 dark arms. Fruit pulp is sour but edible, bark may be used to make a black dye.

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