Acmena parviflora DC.
Acmena zeylanica (L.) Thwaites
Calyptranthes malabarica Dennst.
Caryophyllus rugosus Blume ex Miq.
Eugenia glandulifera Roxb.
Eugenia goudotiana H.Perrier
Eugenia linearis Duthie
Eugenia longicauda Ridl.
Eugenia macrorhyncha Miq.
Eugenia spicata Lam.
Eugenia tenuiramis Miq.
Eugenia varians Miq.
Eugenia zeylanica (L.) Wight
Jambosa bracteata Miq.
Jambosa glandulifera (Roxb.) Miq.
Jambosa koenigii Blume
Myrtus zeylanica L.
Syzygium bellutta DC.
Syzygium coarctatum Blume ex Miq.
Syzygium spicatum (Lam.) DC.
Syzygium zeylanicum is an evergreen tree that can grow 12 - 20 metres tall. The bole is up to 40cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a dye and as a source of wood.
Africa - Madagascar; E. Asia - China, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Forests or woodland margins in southern China[
]. Peat swamps, mixed deciduous and evergreen forests at elevations up to 75 metres in Thailand[
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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 fruit is a white, globose berry about 7mm in diameter[
]. The fruit is a white, subglobose berry with a thick and fleshy, spongy, leathery or brittle rind, up to 8mm in diameter[
A black dye is obtained from the bark[
The wood is used for implements. When available in large enough dimensions, it is also used for house and ship building[
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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