Eugenia owariensis P.Beauv.
Jambosa owariensis (P.Beauv.) DC.
Syzygium guineense palustre Aubrév.
Syzygium owariense is a semi-deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub or a small tree with erect branches and a bushy rounded crown. It usually grows up to 8 metres tall, though exceptional specimens up to 30 metres tall have been recorded.. When growing in swamp forests it develops small knee-like breathing roots (pneumatophores)[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of food and wood.
Tropical Africa - Senegal to Uganda and Tanzania, south to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Well-drained woodlands at low and medium elevations, as well as in swamp forests, on stream banks, in riverine thicket and woodlands at higher elevations up to 1,800 metres. It will also grow in semi-arid woodland, preferring stony ground and hills[
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In Tanzania, the plant grows in areas where the mean annual rainfall is in the range 1,200 - 1,700mm[
Tolerates a wide range of soil types[
Fruit - raw[
]. A soft, fleshy pulp with a sweet taste, they are eaten as a snack[
]. The seeds are discarded[
]. The purple to black, oblong fruit is about 15mm long and 10mm thick, containing a single seed[
The leaves and the fruit contain the essential oil eugenol, which has been used for flavouring food[
A purple dye is obtained from the fruits[
The wood is used to make spoons[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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