Eugenia benthamii A.Gray
Syzygium japenense Merr. & L.M.Perry
Syzygium nitidum is a tree that can grow up to 25 metres tall. The bole can be up to 60cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
Southeast Asia - Philippines to New Guinea and the Caroline Islands.
Dense, primary forest, and more open secondary formations, growing on well-drained soils at low to medium elevations[
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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 reddish-brown wood is used for general construction, ship building, furniture, telegraph poles and implements[
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[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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