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
Growing as a tall hedge
Photograph by: Mokkie
Syzygium myrtifolium is an evergreen shrub or small tree that can grow up to 8 metres tall[
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.
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
Ridge forests at elevations up to 900 metres in Thailand, but more of a lowland species, usually near the sea behind mangroves in Malaya[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
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[
]. 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 plant is often used in traditional medicine[
]. No more information is given.
An ethanol extract of the leaves has shown antimutagenic activity[
The plant grows quickly, responds well to trimming and is often grown as a hedge in Thailand and other parts of S.E. Asia[
]. It has a dense growth habit and is often used for topiary.
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