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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium zeylanicum

(L.) DC.

Myricaceae

+ Synonyms

Acmena parviflora DC.

Acmena zeylanica (L.) Thwaites

Calyptranthes malabarica Dennst.

Caryophyllus rugosus Blume ex Miq.

Eugenia glandulifera Roxb.

Eugenia goudotiana H.Perrier

Eugenia linearis Duthie

Eugenia longicauda Ridl.

Eugenia macrorhyncha Miq.

Eugenia spicata Lam.

Eugenia tenuiramis Miq.

Eugenia varians Miq.

Eugenia zeylanica (L.) Wight

Jambosa bracteata Miq.

Jambosa glandulifera (Roxb.) Miq.

Jambosa koenigii Blume

Myrtus zeylanica L.

Syzygium bellutta DC.

Syzygium coarctatum Blume ex Miq.

Syzygium spicatum (Lam.) DC.

Common Name:

Syzygium zeylanicum
Fruits
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General Information

Syzygium zeylanicum is an evergreen tree that can grow 12 - 20 metres tall. The bole is up to 40cm in diameter[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
701
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.
].
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a dye and as a source of wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
,
913
Title
Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) No. 21
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Forest Herbarium; Bangkok.
Year
1994
ISBN
0495-3843
Description
An annual bulletin devoted to plant nomenclature, especially the plants of Thailand. This issue deals specifically with the Myrtaceae of Thailand. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the Internet.

Range

Africa - Madagascar; E. Asia - China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.

Habitat

Forests or woodland margins in southern China[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
]. Peat swamps, mixed deciduous and evergreen forests at elevations up to 75 metres in Thailand[
913
Title
Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) No. 21
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
The Forest Herbarium; Bangkok.
Year
1994
ISBN
0495-3843
Description
An annual bulletin devoted to plant nomenclature, especially the plants of Thailand. This issue deals specifically with the Myrtaceae of Thailand. It can be downloaded as a PDF from the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 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[
K
Title
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 white, globose berry about 7mm in diameter[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
]. The fruit is a white, subglobose berry with a thick and fleshy, spongy, leathery or brittle rind, up to 8mm in diameter[
701
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A black dye is obtained from the bark[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
,
701
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.
].

The wood is used for implements. When available in large enough dimensions, it is also used for house and ship building[
701
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[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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