A tree of African mangosteen
Family : Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)
African mangosteen, as its name indicates, is a fruit of
Fruits of African mangosteen
The trees are notably sensitive to cold, though quite hardy to both drought and heavy rain.
Flowers in groups of 5–15, in leaf axils, on old wood, greenish, whitish or yellow, scented, male and bisexual flowers of different structure.
African mangosteen flowers
Fruit an orange berry, 10–40 mm in diameter, with yellowish orange having a sticky juice.
The tree is used in traditional medicine, and in particular the powdered root is used as an aphrodisiac.
A cut fruit of African mangosteen
The wood is susceptible to borers, but has been used as a general-purpose timber.
African mangosteen is cultivated commercially for its fruits.
But it is worth having in any warm subtropical garden.
It can be propagated by seed.
In many cities of
African mangosteen is a slow growing tree. It does not require any special care. Once the plant is established, the African mangosteen will need almost no maintenance.