Garcinia madruno

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Garcinia madruno
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Clusiaceae
Genus: Garcinia
G. madruno
Binomial name
Garcinia madruno
  • Calophyllum madruno Kunth
  • Rheedia acuminata (Ruiz & Pav.) Planch. & Triana
  • Rheedia madruno (Kunth) Planch. & Triana
  • Verticillaria acuminata Ruiz & Pav.

Garcinia madruno, the charichuela, is a fruit-producing tree species from the rainforests of Central and South America.[1] The leaves are dark green and leathery. The fruit looks like a shriveled droopy lemon and has a similar rind, so is sometimes called a lemon drop mangosteen. The interior is soft white pulp and has a popular, slightly citrusy taste people have compared to a sweet santol fruit or lemony cotton candy. The species was formerly included in the genus Rheedia, which has since been absorbed into Garcinia, as Rheedias species are now known as "new world mangosteens".


Garcinia madruno is well adapted to a wide variety of soils, tolerating even poor soils or heavy clay. It is a slow grower and takes about 5 to 7 years to fruit. When young, it must be protected from frosts and it will not fruit in cold areas.


The fruit is not very well known outside of South America and a few backyard growers in South Florida.


  1. ^ a b "Garcinia madruno". Germplasm Resources Information Network. Agricultural Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2010-06-12.