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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium antisepticum

(Blume) Merr. & L.M.Perry

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

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

Common Name:

Syzygium antisepticum

General Information

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[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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Asean Tropical Plant Database
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http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
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Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
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The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a source of tannins and wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

E. Asia - northeast India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.

Habitat

Lowland forest, often on river banks or near the coast[
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Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. A mid-canopy tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, coastal and sub-montane forests at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
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Plants of Southeast Asia
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http://www.asianplant.net/
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Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
]. Found on hillsides and ridges with sandy soils[
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Plants of Southeast Asia
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http://www.asianplant.net/
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Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
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Properties

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HabitEvergreen Tree
Height20.00 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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Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. The fruit is a whitish-red-violet, fleshy, globose berry about 5mm in diameter[
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Plants of Southeast Asia
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http://www.asianplant.net/
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Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
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Young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
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Asean Tropical Plant Database
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Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
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Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
].

Medicinal

The plant is antiseptic and is used medicinally[
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Title
Plants of Southeast Asia
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http://www.asianplant.net/
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Description
Excellent site with brief information on the plant, its range, habitat and uses, plus phots of specimens, close-ops of flowers and leaves etc,
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Other Uses

The tannin-yielding bark is used for toughening fishing nets and for colouring clothes reddish-brown or black[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
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The wood is sometimes used for construction, but it is usually not considered of much value[
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Title
Plant Resources of Southeast Asia
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Website
http://proseanet.org/
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Year
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Description
Lots of information on the uses of the plants of SE Asia.
]. The wood is used in the construction of houses, ships and bridges, and for furniture and implements[
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Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Terse details, with photos, of many of the plants growing in the tropical forests of southeast Asia. Gives some details of plant uses along with a description of the plant and its range.
].
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[
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Title
Tropix 7
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Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
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CIRAD
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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. 2020-09-29. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Syzygium+antisepticum>

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