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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium luehmannii

(F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Austromyrtus exaltata (F.M.Bailey) Burret

Eugenia leptantha parvifolia F.M.Bailey

Eugenia luehmannii F.Muell.

Eugenia parvifolia C.Moore

Myrtus exaltata F.M.Bailey

Common Name:

Syzygium luehmannii
Fruiting tree
Photograph by: melanie cook
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General Information

Syzygium luehmannii is a medium to large, evergreen tree with a dense, weeping crown. In the wild, specimens up to 30 metres tall can be encountered, but in cultivation plants seldom exceed 10 metres tall. The long, straight bole, especially on larger trees, is buttressed and can be 70cm in diameter[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
,
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
,
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
The fruit has become a popular 'bush food' in Australia, where it is grown commercially and various varieties have been developed, including seedless forms[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
,
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
]. The tree is also the source of a commercial timber, marketed as 'Cherry Satinash' and is a popular hedge and ornamental, valued especially for its decorative young foliage which has bright pink tints[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
,
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.

Range

Australasia - eastern Australia to New Guinea.

Habitat

Rainforests on sandy soils[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. Mossy oak forests at elevations around 1,600 metres in New Guinea. Well developed rain forest on a variety of sites at elevations up to 1,500 metres in Australia[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height10.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Butterflies, Flies
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

The plant grows naturally in a sub-tropical to tropical climate with a distinct dry season. However it can tolerate quite low temperatures in winter and mild frost, particularly after establishment[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
]. No damage has been shown to occur with temperatures as low as 0°c[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
Prefers a sunny position, but also tolerates moderate shade[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
,
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
]. Succeeds in both sandy and clay-based soils[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
]. Sandy soils benefit from a reasonably high level of organic matter, minimising the need for irrigation. Prefers a pH in natural conditions of 4.5 - 5.5, but in cultivation can succeed with a pH up to 6.5[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
The fruit is borne in great quantities[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Mature trees have been known to yield 70 kilos or more of fruit[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
Plants grown from cuttings can produce fruit from their second year of growth, and have been shown to produce 3 - 5 kilos of marketable fruit per tree in the third year[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
Plants grown from cuttings are usually much smaller than plants grown from seed[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].
Trees respond well to being cut back[
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
,
193
Title
Wild Food Plants of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Low. T.
Publisher
Angus and Robertson.
Year
1989
ISBN
0-207-14383-8
Description
Well presented, clear information and good photographs. An interesting read for the casual reader as well as the enthusiast
,
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
,
681
Title
Australian Native Food Industry Limited
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anfil.org.au/index.php/flavour-of-the-month/
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
Information on a small number of Australian plants believed to have the potential for commercial growth.
]. A distinctive, clove-like flavour[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. Although sometimes eaten raw, the fruit is more commonly cooked, being used to make jams, jellies, sauces, marmalade etc[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The red, pear-shaped fruit is 9 - 12mm long, 6 - 10mm in diameter[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is ornamental, has dense foliage and responds well to clipping. It can be grown as an ornamental, fruit-bearing hedge.

Other Uses

A useful general purpose structural timber[
713
Title
Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/cd-keys/rfk/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online resource giving botanical information, and a little bit about plant usage, for over 2,700 species of plants found in the Australian rainforest.
].
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[
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 - sown fresh, it germinates in 3 - 4 weeks[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
Cuttings are fairly easy to root[
694
Title
Australian Rainforest Plants Volumes 1 - 6
Publication
 
Author
Nicholson N. & H.
Publisher
Terania Rainforest Publishing; New South Wales.
Year
2007
ISBN
9-78095894-3628
Description
Beautiful set of booklets with a terse description of over 600 species and their habitat, often including some of their uses and notes on their cultivation, plus at least one, excellent photograph.
].
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