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Garcinia hanburyi  Hook. f.


Botanical Name


Garcinia hanburyi Hook. f.

English Name


Gamboge tree, Hanbury's garcinia



Garcinia morella Desr. var. pedicellata Hanbury





General Info


An evergreen, small to medium-sized tree, up to 15 m tall, with short and straight trunk, up to 20 cm in diameter. Bark grey, smooth, 4-6 mm thick, exuding a yellow gum-resin. Leaves opposite, leathery, elliptic or ovate-lanceolate, 10-25 cm x 3-10 cm, cuneate at base, acuminate at apex, shortly stalked. Flowers in clusters or solitary in the axils of fallen leaves, 4-merous, pale yellow and fragrant, unisexual or bisexual; male flowers somewhat smaller than female and bisexuals; sepals leathery, orbicular, 4-6 mm long, persistent; petals ovate, 6-7 mm long; stamens numerous and arranged on an elevated receptacle in male flowers, less numerous and reduced in female flowers; ovary superior, 4-loculed, with sessile stigma. Fruit a globose berry, 2-3 cm in diameter, smooth, with recurved sepals at the base and crowned by the persistent stigma, 1-4 seeded. Seeds 15-20 mm long, surrounded by a pulpy aril.

Herb Effects

Purgative, emetic and vermifuge.


AgroForestryTree Database
Cambodia Tree Seed Project - Forestry Administration
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Active Ingredients

Gambogic acid (resin).

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Gambogic acid 2752-65-0 Not Available C38H44O8


Medicinal Use

Used for treating tapeworm infection, colds and bronchitis.



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