Eugenia tawahensis (Korth.) Burgess
Jambosa tawahensis Korth.
Syzygium tawahense is an evergreen tree growing up to 27 metres tall. The bole can be up to 77cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its timber.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia and Indonesia in Borneo.
A sub-canopy tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, coastal, mangrove, swamp and sub-montane forests at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
]. It is found on alluvial sites near rivers and streams, but also common on hillsides and ridges[
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Grows in the wild on sandy soils[
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 green, ridged, fleshy, globose berries are about 20mm in diameter[
The wood is used locally for fence posts[
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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