Edible Plant Species

Uncaria gambier Roxb. Rubiaceae. GAMBIR.
Malacca, Sumatra, Cochin China and other parts of eastern Asia; largely cultivated in the Islands of Bintang, Singapore and Prince of Wales. Gambir is prepared by boiling the leaves and evaporating the decoction until it acquires the consistence of clay. This gambir is used for tanning leather, also by dyers and curers, forming an article of export. Among the Malays, the chief use is as a masticatory, in combination with the areca-nut and the betel-leaf.


Unona (Xylopia) concolor Willd. Anonaceae.
Guiana.
This plant has an acrid and aromatic fruit, used as a pepper by the negroes in Guiana.


U. (Xylopia) discolor Vahl.
Tropical Asia.
The fruit is used in the same way as is that of the species above.


U. (Xylopia) discrete Linn. f.
Guiana.
The purple, aromatic, berries are of a very good taste.


U. (Xylopia) dumetorum Dun.
Cochin China.
The pulp of the fruit is sparing but is of a grateful taste.


U. (Xylopia) undulata Dun.
Tropical Africa.
The plant has an aromatic fruit, which is used as a condiment at Wari in Guinea.