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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium alatum

(Lauterb.) Diels

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Aphanomyrtus alata Lauterb.

Syzygium vaccinioides Merr. & L.M.Perry

Common Name:

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General Information

Syzygium alatum can be a shrub up to 2.5 metres tall or a tree that can reach up to 20 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 30cm in diameter, free of branches for up to 10 metres and free of buttresses[
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Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is occasionally traded.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

388
Title
Guide to the Trees of Papua New Guinea
Publication
 
Author
Conn. B.J. & Damas. K.Q.
Website
http://www.pngplants.org/PNGtrees/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An Internet site giving good descriptions of the trees of Papua New Guinea.

Range

Australasia - New Guinea.

Habitat

A sub-canopy tree or shrub in upper montane rain forests and cloud forests, at elevations from 2,700 - 3,560 metres[
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Title
Journal of the Arnold Arboretum Vol. 54
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Harvard University; Massachusets
Year
1973
ISBN
0004-2625
Description
A botanical magazine, it includes a provisional key and enumeration of the genus Syzygium in New Guinea. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitTree
Height12.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

We have no specific information on edibility for the fruit of this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A structural timber
We do not have any more specific information for the wood of this species, but the various species of Syzygium tend to have somewhat similar timber. The general description of syzygium timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is a golden brown, greyish brown or brown, with pink or purplish glints; it is not clearly demarcated from the 1 - 4cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain slightly interlocked, sometimes wavy or irregular; there are resin deposits. The wood is heavy; moderately hard; somewhat durable, being moderately resistant to fungi and termites, but susceptible to dry wood borers. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools, nailing and screwing are good so long as the wood is pre-bored; gluing is correct. The wood is used for musical instruments, tool handles, furniture components, ship building, heavy carpentry, flooring, joinery etc[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-06-19. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Syzygium+alatum>

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