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Garcinia imbertii Bourd. in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 12: 349. t . 1. 1899; Gamble, Man. Ind. Timb. 57. 1902 & Fl. Pres. Madras 74. 1915.

Tam.: Manja-Kanji.

Trees, 9 - 12 m tall; trunk ca 30 cm in diam.; wood yellowish-grey, very hard; bark brown and white, smooth, ca 6 mm thick, cut sweet-scented; sap thin, drying, white, sweet-scented. Leaves usually 4 - 8 x 1.5 - 3 cm, rarely up to 11 x 4 cm, elliptic or lanceolate, cuneate at base, long obtuse-acuminate at apex, entire, dark green, lateral veins 15 - 25, close, ascending, obscure. Male flowers: in terminal fascicles of 3, 6 or 9 at the ends of branchlets; ca 5 mm in diam., succulent, sessile, ebracteate. Sepals 4, suborbicular, concave, outer pair shorter, ca 2.5 mm long, inner pair ca 3 mm long, much imbricated. Petals 4, ca 3 mm, orbicular, concave, much imbricated. Stamens monadelphous in a central mass round the rudimentary pistil; anthers bilocular. Female flowers: solitary or geminate, yellow, succulent, sessile. Ovary bilocular; stigmas broad, convex, entire, sessile. Berries ca 2.5 x 2.5 cm, smooth. Seeds 1 - 2, enclosed in a thick leathery covering.

Fl. & Fr. April - Sept.

Distrib. India. Common in evergreen forests between 900 and 1100 m. Kerala (localised in South Travancore) and Tamil Nadu (rare in Tirunelveli district).


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