If you would like to support this site, please consider Donating.
Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium alternifolium

(Wight) Walp.

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Eugenia alternifolia Wight

Common Name:

Syzygium alternifolium

General Information

Syzygium alternifolium is a small to large, evergreen tree[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
An important timber tree, the wood is much esteemed and in considerable demand for building purposes in India[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
]. The tree is also commonly used for medicineal purposes and yields an edible fruit that is eaten locally.
The species has suffered population loss whilst its natural range has also been reduced. It has become rare in the wild due to its overexploitation for its professed medicinal properties[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - southern India.

Habitat

Open areas of rocky terrain on the hills at an elevation of 600 - 750 metres, growing where the soil is red and on calcareous shales[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked. Fleshy and edible[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The ripe fruits are also used for making squashes, jellies and vinegar[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. The globose or pear-shaped fruit contains a single, large seed[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

The juice of the fruits is used to cure stomach ache and ulcers[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The external application of the fruit pulp reduces rheumatic pains[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The fruit pulp and tincture of the seeds possess antidiabetic properties[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The extract of the stem bark possess antiseptic properties[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

The leaves are the best source for such economically important compounds as sitosterol (+) pintol, sideroxylon and sizalterin. The juice of the fresh leaves and pulp of the tender shoots are used to treat bacillary dysentery[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Other Uses

The dark red wood is close-grained, hard. A useful structural timber, it is used in construction for purposes such as scantlings, beams and poles; and is also used for crafts and agricultural implements[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
,
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
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.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is fresh[
912
Title
Non-Wood News; An information bulletin on Non-Wood Forest Products No. 11
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.fao.org/forestry/nwfp/en/
Publisher
 
Year
2004
ISBN
1020-3435
Description
A newsletter containing various short articles on the uses of plants in the forest other than wood. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-21. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Syzygium+alternifolium>

Add a Comment:

If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave a comment. Comments have to be approved before they are shown here.