Garcinia kola is a specie of flowering plant in the Clusiaceae or Guttiferae family. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
The fruit, seeds, nuts and bark of the plant have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat ailments from coughs to fever.
The kola nut is used to flavor sodas and as a supplement to increase energy.
In Nigeria, it is an important cultural symbol for many ethnic groups. It is given to guests at weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies. Ceremonial breaking of the kola nut is important for making people feel welcome in a village or gathering.
The kola nut has some reported health benefits