Garcinia kola

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Name and publication

Garcinia kola Heckel, J. Pharm. Chim. 8: 88 (1883).


The seeds of bitter-cola are oval, 3-4.5 cm long x 1.5-2.5 cm wide, with a fibrous coat and 5-8 furrows or slight ridges, brown (in the fresh state).

Nativity and distribution

Garcinia kola is native to Africa but cultivated elsewhere for food and medicine.


Clusiaceae (alt. Guttiferae)