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Rheedia brasiliensis, Rheedia laterifolia, Garcinia laterifolia, Bakupari, Camboriu

Rheedia brasiliensis, Rheedia laterifolia, Garcinia laterifolia

Bakupari, Camboriu
Family: Clusiaceae / Guttiferae
Origin: Brazil
Small tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
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The translucent subacid white pulp has an excellent flavor; one of the best fruits of its genus. The very attractive tree is pyramidal; is rich in yellow latex. The leaves are short-petioled, ovate, oblong-ovate or lanceolate, narrowed at the base, blunt or slightly pointed at the apex, and leathery. The flowers, profuse in axillary clusters, are polygamous. The fruit, ovate, pointed at the apex, may be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 in (3.2-4 cm) long, with orange-yellow, pliable, leathery, tough skin, 1/8 in (3 mm) thick and easily removed. The aril-like pulp is white, translucent, soft, subacid, of excellent flavor, and encloses 2 rounded seeds. The tree grows wild in the state of Rio de Janeiro in southeastern Brazil and adjacent Paraguay; is rarely cultivated. It blooms in December and matures its fruit in January and February. The ripe fruit is mostly used in making sweetmeats or jam. The seeds contain 8 to 9 percent oil (by weight) which is used in Brazil in poultices on wounds, whitlows, tumors and, externally, over an enlarged liver. An infusion of the pulp has a narcotic action with an effect like that of nicotine.

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