Acmena grata (Wight) Walp.
Calyptranthes aromatica Blume
Caryophyllus antisepticus Blume
Eugenia antiseptica (Blume) Kuntze
Eugenia collinsae Craib
Eugenia cuprea Koord. & Valeton
Eugenia glaucicalyx Merr.
Eugenia grata Wight
Jambosa aromatica Miq.
Myrtus quadrangularis Buch.-Ham. ex Duthie
Syzygium glaucicalyx (Merr.) Merr.
Syzygium gratum (Wight) S.N.Mitra
Syzygium ovatifolium Merr. & L.M.Perry
Syzygium antisepticum is an evergreen tree growing 25 - 40 metres tall. The bole can be free of branches for up to 10 metres and up to 80cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a source of tannins and wood.
E. Asia - northeast India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Lowland forest, often on river banks or near the coast[
]. A mid-canopy tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, coastal and sub-montane forests at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
]. Found on hillsides and ridges with sandy soils[
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We have no specific information on edibility for the fruit of this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible[
]. The fruit is a whitish-red-violet, fleshy, globose berry about 5mm in diameter[
Young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The plant is antiseptic and is used medicinally[
The tannin-yielding bark is used for toughening fishing nets and for colouring clothes reddish-brown or black[
The wood is sometimes used for construction, but it is usually not considered of much value[
]. The wood is used in the construction of houses, ships and bridges, and for furniture and implements[
We do not have any more specific information for the wood of this species, but it belongs to a group of timbers trees collectively known as 'kelat'. The general description of kelat 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[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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