Caryophyllus multipetalus (Pancher ex Brongn. & Gris) Guillaumin
Eugenia multipetala (Pancher ex Brongn. & Gris) Baker f.
Syzygium multipetalum is an evergreen shrub or a tree with a dense, spreading crown, that can grow up to 25 metres tall but is usually smaller[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its good quality timber.
West Pacific - New Caledonia.
Dense wet forests, gallery forests, along the sides of rivers and in maquis, generally on soils that are more or less eroded[
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Fruit - it has a fresh flavour and pleasant aroma[
]. The fruit is about 1cm in diameter, becoming red or blackish-red when ripe[
The juice of the fruit can be used as an indelible ink on cloth[
The pale red wood is fine-grained, dense and hard[
]. It is used for cabinet making[
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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