Eugenia sayeri F.Muell.
Syzygium dictyophlebium Merr. & L.M.Perry
Syzygium sayeri is an evergreen tree that can range in height from 10 - 35 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole is usually up to 60cm in diameter, occasionally to 150cm, it can be free of branches for more than half the tree's height, with buttresses at the base[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. This species produces millable logs and the timber is sometimes marketed in Australia as 'Pink Satinash'[
Australasia - New Guinea, northern Australia.
Well developed rain forest on a variety of sites at elevations up to 800 metres. It is frequently found along creeks and watercourses but is not restricted to that habitat[
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Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Not particularly palatable[
]. The white globular fruit is about 30 - 40mm in diameter; the succulent flesh surrounding a single seed about 10 - 20mm in diameter[
A useful general purpose structural timber[
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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