Syzygium creaghii (Ridl.) Merr. & Perry, Mem. Amer. Ac. 18 (1939)

Named after C.V. Creagh, governor of British North Borneo and amateur naturalist.

Eugenia creaghii Ridl.
Eugenia woodii Merr.
Syzygium woodii (Merr.) Masamune

Understorey tree up to 15 m tall and 13 cm dbh, somtimes larger, up to 60 cm diameter. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, very large and elongate, simple, penni-veined, glabrous. Flowers ca. 40 mm diameter, purplish?, many protruding stamens, flowers placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 19 mm long, pinkish-red, fleshy berries.

Canopy tree, sometimes exceeding 60 cm diameter, with thinly flaky pink-brown bark. Parts hairless. Twig stout, round, pale grey-brown, sometimes thinly flaky. Leaf blade c.40 x 11(18-45 x 6-16) cm, large, narrowly elliptic, leathery, drying dull red-brown above, warm ocherous-brown mattand suede-like beneath; base heart-shaped or rounded abruptly joining the c.6 mm short stout frequently cream corky stalk, acumen broad, blunt; scattered pits above, no dots beneath; venation slender but equally distinct on both surfaces, veins prominent beneath but hardly unequal, c.30 pairs overall, intermediate veins more or less prominentand mostly meeting intramarginal vein, both furrowed above, spreading; tertiaries almost invisible; intramarginal vein c.1, 1-5 mm within margin, looped. Flowers few, to 5-terminal, dense on to 2 cm long 2-branched panicles, or occasionally cauliflorous on trunk swellings; bud to 21 x 10 mm including 5 mm stalk, broadly torch-shaped with receptacle tapering into equally long tapering pseudostalk, sepal lobes 4, large, rounded, thin-margined, spreading at anthesis; stamens many, extending to 2 cm, style to 3 cm. Fruit usually ramiflorous, to 15 mm diameter (young), spherical, grey-brown powdery, with c.10 mm diameter crown of wavy sepals. [from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp and sub-montane forests up to 1200 m altitude. Usually on alluvial sites with clay to sandy soils.


Local names
Borneo: Obah, Obah paya.