Garcinia planchonii (PROSEA)

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Garcinia planchonii Pierre

Family: Guttiferae

Vernacular names

  • Vietnam: bu'á.


Northern Laos and Vietnam.


Fruits edible, acid. For storage, the fruits are sliced and dried in the sun.


  • Tree, 15-20 m tall, 40-50 cm trunk diameter.
  • Leaves obovate-oblong, 16-22 cm × 8-10 cm.
  • Flowers unisexual.
  • Fruit a large berry, globose, 7-8 cm diameter, yellow-green, grooved.
  • Seeds 8.

Flowering and fruiting during the whole year.

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