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  Garcinia livingstonei T. Anderson
  Family Name : Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)

  Synonyms : Garcinia ferrandii, Garcinia pallidinervia, Garcinia angolensis, Garcinia baikeana, Garcinia pendula, Garcinia livingstonei var. pallidinervia, Garcinia baikeana var. togoensis

  Common Names : African Mangosteen, Imbé

African Mangosteen,Imbé
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Medium (16m-30m))
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      18 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: A tree which can grow to 18 m high. Bark is greyish brown and produced yellow-red latex when damaged. 
      Foliage: Leaves are quite variable in shape and size. They usually occurs in whorls of 3 (rarely of 4 or opposite arrangement), about 4 – 14 cm long and 1.5 – 11 cm wide. Leaf margin, at times, have shallowly round teeth. 
      Flowers: Flowers are greenish-white to cream with translucent reddish orange longitudinal glandular lines. Flowers are produced on the axils of matured leaves in cluster of 5 – 15 flowers each. Each flower usually have 5 petals but sometimes up to 8 when petals are linked with sepals by transitional forms. 
      Fruits: The fruit is 1 – 3 cm diameter, slight oval to round shaped, and matures orange-yellow. The pulp inside is edible and said to have an apricot-like flavour. Seed is about 1.5 – 2 cm long. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The pulp inside the fruit is eaten raw or made into jams, and said to have an apricot-like flavour. In east Africa and Mozambique, locals make beverages and alcohol by fermenting the pulp.  )
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Associated Fauna :
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Orange, Yellow / Golden
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Fleshy Fruit (Non-Accessory Fruit: Berry)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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