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— Color coordinates —
Hex triplet #EF9B0F
RGBB (r, g, b) (228, 155, 18)
HSV (h, s, v) (38°, 94%, 94%)
Source BF2S Color Guide
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Gamboge is a rather transparent dark mustard yellow pigment.

Gamboge is most often extracted by tapping from the Garcinia hanburyi tree. The trees must be ten years old before they are tapped. The resin is extracted by making spiral incisions in the bark, and by breaking off leaves and shoots and letting the milky yellow resinous gum drip out. The resulting latex is collected in hollow bamboo. After the latex is congealed, the bamboo is broken away and large rods of raw gamboge remain.

The first recorded use of gamboge as a color name in English was in 1634. [1]

Etymology of gamboge

The word gamboge comes from gambogium, the Latin word for the pigment, which derives from Gambogia, the Latin word for Cambodia. [2]

Gamboge in human culture


  • People with gamboge auras are said to be capable of altruistically directing their faculties toward unselfish purposes. [3]


  1. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930--McGraw Hill Page 195; Color Sample of Gamboge: Page 43 Plate 10 Color Sample K6
  2. ^ Mish, Frederic C., Editor in Chief Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary Springfield, Massachuetts, U.S.A.:1984--Merriam-Webster Page 504
  3. ^ Arthur E. Powell The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomenon Wheaton, Illinois:1927—Theosophical Publishing House Page 12
Orange Amber Coral Dark salmon Gamboge International orange Mahogany Peach Peach-orange Peach-yellow Pink-orange Persimmon Pumpkin
Rust Safety orange Salmon Tangerine Tenné (Tawny) ECE Amber/SAE Yellow Vermilion Burnt Orange Apricot Carrot Orange Orange Peel Orange (web) Brown
Orange-Red Harley Davidson Orange
Amber Apricot Beige Buff Chartreuse yellow Corn Cream Dark Goldenrod Ecru Flax Gamboge Golden Goldenrod Golden poppy Golden yellow
Green-yellow Khaki Lemon Lemon Chiffon Lime Metallic Gold Mustard Navajo white Old Gold Olive Papaya whip Peach-yellow Pear Saffron School bus yellow
Selective yellow Tangerine yellow Yellow
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