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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium myrtifolium

Walp.

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Eugenia myrtifolia Roxb.

Eugenia oleina Wight

Eugenia parva C.B.Rob.

Eugenia sinubanensis Elmer

Syzygium campanellum Miq.

Syzygium campanulatum Korth.

Syzygium sinubanense (Elmer) Diels

Common Name: Redbud

Syzygium myrtifolium
Growing as a tall hedge
Photograph by: Mokkie
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General Information

Syzygium myrtifolium is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 8 metres tall[
1005
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 12
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this issue includes a comprehensive treatment of the Eugenia (sensu lato) in Malaysia.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is often cultivated as an ornamental in southeast Asia, mainly as a hedge plant.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1005
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 12
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this issue includes a comprehensive treatment of the Eugenia (sensu lato) in Malaysia.

Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines

Habitat

Ridge forests at elevations up to 900 metres in Thailand, but more of a lowland species, usually near the sea behind mangroves in Malaya[
1005
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 12
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this issue includes a comprehensive treatment of the Eugenia (sensu lato) in Malaysia.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height5.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The dark red to reddish purple fruit becomes black when fully ripe. Broadly obovoid or pyriform in shape, it is around 5mm long and 6 - 7mm wide. The juicy and fleshy pericarp is up to 2mm thick[
1005
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin Vol. 12
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore
Year
1949
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, this issue includes a comprehensive treatment of the Eugenia (sensu lato) in Malaysia.
]. We have no specific information on edibility for the fruit of this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

The plant is often used in traditional medicine[
1421
Title
Antimutagenic Effects of Ethanol Extract of Syzygium myrtifolium Walp. in Cyclophosphamide-induced Mice
Publication
Asian J Pharm Clin Res, Vol 11, Issue 5, 2018, 210-213
Author
Irene Sondang Lingga; Urip Harahap; Yuandani
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0974-2441
Description
 
]. No more information is given.

An ethanol extract of the leaves has shown antimutagenic activity[
1421
Title
Antimutagenic Effects of Ethanol Extract of Syzygium myrtifolium Walp. in Cyclophosphamide-induced Mice
Publication
Asian J Pharm Clin Res, Vol 11, Issue 5, 2018, 210-213
Author
Irene Sondang Lingga; Urip Harahap; Yuandani
Publisher
 
Year
2018
ISBN
0974-2441
Description
 
]

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant grows quickly, responds well to trimming and is often grown as a hedge in Thailand and other parts of S.E. Asia[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. It has a dense growth habit and is often used for topiary.

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2018-10-22. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Syzygium+myrtifolium>

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