Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Garcinia Cambogia: Review (with Pictures)


Garcinia cambogia is the botanical helpful for obese persons to shed their weight effectively and safely. Know about its other species, habitat, the soil, the yield, the plant,  the leaves, the flowers and the edible and medicinal fruit.

Other Species Of Garcinia cambogia:

  • G. atroviridis
  • G. benthami
  • G. cambogia – Citrin, Gambooge
  • G. forbesii – Kandis
  • G. hanburyi – Hanbury’s Garcinia
  • G. hasii – Lemon saptree
  • G. indica
  • G. intermedia – Lemondrop Mangosteen
  • G. kola – Bitter kola
  • G. gummi-gutta
  • G. laterifolia
  • G. livingstonei – Livingstone’s Garcinia, Imbe
  • G. mangostana – Purple Mangosteen
  • G. merguensis
  • G. multiflora
  • G. myrtifolia
  • G. portoricensis
  • G. prainiana – Button Mangosteen
  • G. quaesita
  • G. shombucgkiana
  • G. xanthochymus


This medicinal herb is native to India and Southeast Asia, West and Central Africa. It is commonly found in moist forest area. This medicinal plant grows upto 5000 feet of altitude. Humid or hot climate is favorable. This herbal plant is found in South Western Coast of India.

The Soil:

 Lacteritic soil, red soil and alluvial soil is more favorable.

The Plant:

Its perennial tree is evergreen and medium to large in size. The height ranges from 10 to 15 meter. The stem is hard wooded. Monsoon is the time for propagation and transplantation.

The Leaves:

Leaves are dark green above and pale beneath. Leaves are oblong or ovate or lanceolate. The entire plant gives a conical shape.

The Flowers:

Hermaphrodite cream colored flowers are found in clusters. Winter is the flowering season.

The Fruits:

Its solitary fruit is pumpkin like. The color of the fruit is yellow or reddish or purple. Fully ripe fruit is too acidic or sour to eat fresh. The rind of the fruit has HCA, the biochemical with acclaimed with weight loss capacity. Fruit is simple and fleshy or berry. Fruit measures 3-4 cm in breadth and 4-6 cm in length. Summer is the fruition period. Unripe fruit is green from outside and white from inside. Ripe fruit is purple or red from outside and white from inside. There are many seeds within the fruit.

The Yield:

30 to 50 kg of fruits is the normal yield of a plant in one year.

As a native Indian and an Ayurvedic holistic healer, Arjun writes in the lane of herbal healing and home remedies. Certification: BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery With Modern Medicine).

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