Garcinia luzoniensis (PROSEA)

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Garcinia luzoniensis Merr.

Family: Guttiferae

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: malabinukau (Tagalog).


Endemic in the Philippines.


The acid fruits are eaten raw after removing the peel.


  • Small tree with narrowly oblong, opposite leaves.
  • Inflorescences axillary cymes, 2 cm long, with creamy white flowers.
  • Fruit a globose berry, 1-seeded.

In primary forests at low altitudes.

Selected sources

  • Merrill, E.D., 1923 1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.
  • Monsalud, M.R., Tongacan, A.L., Lopez, F.R. & Lagrimas, M.Q., 1966. Edible wild plants in Philippine forests. The Philippine Journal of Science 95: 431 561.


P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen