Botanical name: Garcinia xanthochymus Family: Clusiaceae (St John's Wort family)
Synonyms: Garcinia pictoria, Garcinia tinctoria
Mysore Gamboge is a small evergreen tree reaching up to 15 m in height, with a short, straight trunk, more or less horizontal branches and a dense, pyramidal crown. Leaves are narrowly oblong, 12-24 cm long. Flowers arise in leaf axils in groups of 4-8. Flowers are about 2 cm, with 5 gree sepals and 5 white petals. Fruits are round, pointed, up to 9 cm in diameter, pale orange to dark yellow. The fruit is edible, it has a pleasant acid taste and is mainly used as a breakfast fruit. It is also used for jam, curries and vinegar. The latex is sometimes used in dying.
Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi
The flower labeled Mysore Gamboge is ...