Garcinia gummi-gutta is a tropical species of Garcinia native to Indonesia. Common names include Garcinia cambogia (a former scientific name), as well as brindleberry, Malabar tamarind, Mangosteen and kudam puli (pot tamarind). Garcinia grows in India in the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, the Southern Konkan region and in Goa. It is also cultivated in the Southern districts of Maharashtra and on the lower slopes of the Nilgiris mountains.
Garcinia fruit looks like a small pumpkin and is typically green to pale yellow in color. The rind of the Garcinia fruit contains an active component called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which supports normal fat and carbohydrate metabolism, healthy appetite levels and optimum body weight.