Syzygium abidjaneose Aubrév. & Pellegr.
Syzygium rowlandii is an evergreen shrub or tree growing up to 20 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood and dyestuff.
Tropical Africa - Sierra Leone to Cameroon, DR Congo, Rwanda and Angola.
Forests, often near water and in swamp forest, usually at elevations of 500 - 2,000 metres[
]. In the Bahuzi-Biéga montane forest in eastern DR Congo it is characteristic of montane rainforest at elevations above 2,300 metres[
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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 of this species is an ellipsoidal to globose berry 10 - 20mm long and 7 - 16mm. Wide[
An infusion of the bark is used in the treatment of coughs, asthma, throat trouble, intercostal pain, food poisoning, stomach pain, diarrhoea and dysentery. The treatment is often accompanied by a massage of the affected part with the pulped leaves[
The powdered bark, mixed with clay and spices, is rubbed on the body to treat rheumatic pains[
The leaf sap and a bark decoction are drunk as a tonic. They are used in washing the body in order to kill parasites and to cure scabies[
The powdered root is put on the teeth as a remedy for toothache[
The plant contains tannins and a considerable amount of terpenes[
A decoction of the dried bark, combined with lime juice, yields a black dye that can be used for colouring cloth[
The wood is strong, hard and durable in water and is used for boat keels[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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