Garcinia multiflora (PROSEA)

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Garcinia multiflora Champ.

Family: Guttiferae


  • Garcinia tonkinensis Vesque.

Vernacular names

  • Laos: bira tai
  • Vietnam: cây giôc.


Southern China, northern Laos and Vietnam, Taiwan.


Fruit edible; tree used for shade in tea plantations.


  • Tree, 10-15 m tall.
  • Leaves obovate, 10 cm long.
  • Flowers unisexual.
  • Fruit a fleshy berry, reddish.
  • Seeds 4, 3-4 cm long.

Flowering and fruiting in November.

Selected sources

  • Lecomte, M.H. & Gagnepain, F. (Editors), 1907-1950. Flore générale de l'Indo-Chine. 7 Volumes and supplements. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.


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