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Garcinia nitida


Garcinia nitida Pierre

Family Name: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)
Common Name: Brunei Cherry, Asam Kandis, Asam Aur-aur, Kandis


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Foliage Leaves are simple, arranged in opposite to alternate pairs, obovate to oval-elliptic, tapering to the tip. 
Fruit Fruits are globose to sub-globose, measuring up to 4 cm in diameter. Unripe fruits are pale green and become pinkish red when fully ripe.
Etymology The genus is named for Laurent Garcin, a French naturalist with the East India company, traveled in the orient in 18th century.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Fruits
Food (Fruit or Vegetable): The fruit has an acid flavor, consumed raw or used for flavoring.
Others: Plants are also used as rootstocks for Garcinia mangostana.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Fruits
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens
Thematic Landscaping Economic Garden

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Leathery
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.0 (Tree - Dense Canopy)

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Pink, Red
Fruit Type Fleshy Fruit

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Master ID 1635
Species ID 2928
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Species record last updated on: 18 February 2022.