Jambosa versteegii Lauterb.
Syzygium versteegii is an evergreen tree that can usually grows up to 15 metres tall but exceptionally to 35 metres. The cylindrical bole is usually straight and cylindrical, up to 45cm in diameter with buttresses up to 1 metres high. The bole is usually short, but can be unbranched for up to 20 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its timber and possibly also its fruit. The timber is occasionally traded[
Australasia - New Guinea.
A sub-canopy to canopy tree in lowlamd rain forest at elevations up to 125 metres[
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The fruit is possibly edible[
]. The dark red, fleshy fruit can be 5cm long and 3cm in diameter, containing a single seed[
The timber is used[
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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