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Useful Tropical Plants

Syzygium nitidum

Benth.

Myrtaceae

+ Synonyms

Eugenia benthamii A.Gray

Syzygium japenense Merr. & L.M.Perry

Common Name:

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General Information

Syzygium nitidum is a tree that can grow up to 25 metres tall. The bole can be up to 60cm in diameter[
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Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
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Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
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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.
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The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines to New Guinea and the Caroline Islands.

Habitat

Dense, primary forest, and more open secondary formations, growing on well-drained soils at low to medium elevations[
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Title
Asean Tropical Plant Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://211.114.21.20/tropicalplant/index.jsp
Publisher
 
Year
 
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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.
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Properties

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HabitTree
Height20.00 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[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The reddish-brown wood is used for general construction, ship building, furniture, telegraph poles and implements[
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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.
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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[
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Title
Tropix 7
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Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
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Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2023-01-28. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Syzygium+nitidum>

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