Kandis Malabar Tamarind
Scientific name: Garcinia cambogia
Family name: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)
Kandis Malabar Tamarind trees in Taman Tugu
The Kandis Malabar Tamarind tree is an indigenous rainforest tree that are amongst the 4,100 trees added to the Taman Tugu site, selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).
The Kandis Malabar Tamarind tree is a small to medium sized tree, which can grow between 5 – 20m tall. Its oppositely-arranged, stalked leaves are elliptic to obovate in shape. The plant is dioecious, with male and female flowers borne separately on different plants. The stalked flowers are borne singly or in clusters of 4-20, the petals are red or sometimes, yellow. Its ovoid fruits are about 5cm in diameter, ripening from green to yellow or red.
The fruits are edible and used to flavour fish and prawns. The dried seeds are made into a paste. The fruit juice is sometimes used for weight loss. Medicinally, a decoction of the plant is used to treat rheumatism and bowel problems. Its wood is used as for construction and making furniture.
These tropical trees grow in lowland forests and are native to India and Sri Lanka.