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Syzygium javanicum

AuthorityLam.
FamilyMagnoliopsida:Rosidae:Myrtales:Myrtaceae
SynonymsJambosa javanica K.Sch. & Laut.
Common namesJava apple
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Ecocrop code2282



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BRIEF DESCRIPTION A small tree reaching 5-15 m in height, with a short and crooked trunk, 25-50 cm in diameter, often branched near the ground and with a wide irregular crown. Fruit a berry, broadly pyriform, 3.5-5.5 cm x 4.5-5.5 cm and light red to white. USES The fruit can be eaten fresh in fruit salads. They are a good source of carbohydrates, potassium and vitamin C. Bark, leaves and roots have medicinal properties. The wood can be used for local construction. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. COMMON NAMES Java apple, Wax jambu, Jambu semarang, Jambu klampok, Jambu air mawar, Makopa, Chomphu-kaemmaem, Chomphu-khieo, Chomphu-nak, Man, Roi. FURTHER INF Scientific synonym: E. mananquil, Jambosa alba, Syzygium samarangense, Myrtus samarangensis. Java apple is native of South-East Asia. It thrives in fairly moist tropical lowlands at elevations up to 1200 m, but do best in areas with a fairly long dry season. It is however not drought resistant and is often planted along streams or by ponds. A five year old tree can produce about 700 fruits per year.
Sources
Verheij E 1991 pp 292-294 [USE, DRA, TEXT]
Duke J 1975 pp 28 [PH, RAIN, TEMP]
Roecklein J 1987 pp 221 [USE, KTMP]