Eugenia curranii C.B.Rob.
Drawing of the leaves, flowers and fruit
Photograph by: Brown W.H., Minor Products of Philippine Forests Vol 2, 1920
Syzygium curranii is a tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole can be up to 30cm in diameter[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. It is also occasionally cultivated in the Philippines, and in South America, for its edible fruit[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Quite a rare plant, found in primary forests at medium elevations[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. A pleasant acid flavour[
]. Rather acid for a dessert fruit[
]. They can be made into jellies, preserves or wine[
]. The dark red to black fruit is an ellipsoid berry, 10 - 25mm in diameter[
The wood is used for boards[
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[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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