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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 12/19/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 12/19/2012)
Species SYZYGIUM MALACCENSE (L.) Merrill & Perry
PlaceOfPublication Journ. Arn. Arb. 19:215. 1938.
Synonym Eugenia malaccensis L. Sp. P1. 470. 1753. Jaimbosa malaccensis (L.) DC. Prodr. 3:286. 1828. Jambosa domestica Bl. Mus. Bot. Lugd.-Bat. 1:91. 1849.
Description Low trees with very dense rounded crown. Leaves large, oblong-elliptical, obtuse or acute at the base, acute or acuminate at the apex, coriaceous, glabrous, 20-30 cm. long and 8-18 cm. wide, the lateral nerves in about 10-14 pairs. In- florescences lateral, few-flowered. Flowers red. Receptacle glabrous. Sepals 4-8 mm. long. Petals orbiculate, red, 14-18 mm. long. Stamen filaments red, greatly exserted; anthers yellow. Berry obovoid, about 7 cm. long, whitish or yellowish or tinged with red.
Habit trees
Distribution Native of Asia
Note sometimes planted as a shade tree. The bright purple red flowers are exceptionally beautiful. They are borne amongst the leaves however and are not conspicuous when the tree is viewed from a distance; but the petals fall upon the bare soil beneath and form a lovely carpet. The fruit is called marafion de Curasao, a not inappropriate name, since the fruit strongly suggests, in shape and color, that of Anacardinin occidentale L., called maraioin throughout Central America. Another name is Malay apple or mianzana de Faiti.
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