Syzygium napiforme (Koord. & Valet.) Merr. & Perry, Mem. Amer. Ac. 18 (1939)
Latin for 'turnip-shaped', referring to the fruit.
Eugenia napiformis Koord. & Valet.
Mid-canopy tree up to 39 m tall and 71(-100) cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves
opposite, simple, penni-veined, venation inconspicuous, secondary veins placed
close together, glabrous. Flowers ca. 9 mm diameter, white-pinkish, with
protruding stamens, flowers in panicles. Fruits ca. 11 mm long,
green-white-reddish, fleshy berries.
Large canopy tree, to 35(-39) m tall, 1 m diameter with to 2 m tall thin buttresses; bark
reddish brown, becoming flaky, inner bark pink-brown. Parts hairless. Twig c.2 mm diameter
apically, slender, at first quadrangular but soon round, pale greyish, smooth. Leaf blade
c.8 x 3(4-12 x 1.5-6) cm, elliptic to lanceolate, drying dull pale grey-green; base wedge-
shaped, tapering into c.1 cm slender stalk, acumen c.1 cm long subcaudate; obscurely pitted
above, sparsely black dotted beneath; veins visible but hardly raised beneath, obscure or
slightly impressed above, somewhat ascending, subequal, c.25 pairs; tertiaries obscure;
intramarginal vein close to margin, hardly looped. Panicle to 6 cm long, to 3-terminal or
1-axillary, hardly branched. Flower white, bud c.12 x 4 mm, slender clove-shaped with long
tapering pseudostalk c.3x receptacle length, minutely warty becoming pale ocherous following
anthesis; sepal lobes 4, c.1 x 1 mm, shortly triangular almost vestigial, spaced, hyaline
towards margins, curled back at flowering; stamens many, extending c.4 mm, style c.5 mm.
Fruit to 20 x 8 mm, obconical to carrot-shaped, pale ocherous-brown, minutely pimpled.
[from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]
In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and sub-montane forests up to 1800 m
altitude. On hillsides and ridges, but also common on alluvial sites. On sandy
to ultrabasic soils.
Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo.
Borneo: Obah, Tekam, Ubah.