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Garcinia livingstonei T. Anderson in J. Linn. Soc. 9: 203. 1867.


Trees with robust branches; bark grey, rugose. Leaves often ternate and verticillate, 6 - 12 x 3 - 4.8 cm, obovate or elliptic, acute or cuneate at base, rotundate or shortly apiculate at apex, midrib prominent below, lateral veins 10 - 16, sometimes up to 25, prominent; petioles 6 - 8 mm long, channelled above. Male flowers white, in short, axillary fascicles on raised protruberances, ca 5 mm in diam.; pedicels ca 1.5 cm long, slender. Sepals 4, 2 x 2 mm, orbicular, concave, equal, many-nerved, coriaceous. Petals 4 or 5, similar to sepals but slender, ca 6 mm long. Stamens ca 24, below annular disc. Female flowers similar to male flowers. Ovary ca 3 mm long, bilocular; stigmas convex, hardly lobed, nearly sessile, covering the ovary top. Berries ca 2.5 cm in diam., almost globose, smooth, fleshy; pericarp thin, pulp edible. Seeds oblong, ca 1.5 x 1 cm.

Fl. & Fr. Nov. - March.

Cultivated in botanical gardens in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Native of Tropical Africa.

Notes. Fruits are edible while the pericarp and pulp are used in preparing a fermented beverages.




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