Syzygium palawanense (C.B.Rob.) Merr. & Perry, Mem. Amer. Ac. 18 (1939)

Latin for 'from Palawan', a Philippine island near northern Borneo.

Eugenia duthieana Ridl.
Eugenia palawensis C.B.Rob.
Syzygium duthieana (Ridl.) Masamune

Mid-canopy tree up to 34 m tall and 66(-80) cm dbh. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, venation conspicuous, glabrous. Flowers ca. 9 mm diameter, white-yellowish, with protruding stamens, flowers placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 10 mm diameter, green-white-yellow-reddish, fleshy berries.

Canopy tree to 34 m tall, and 80 cm diameter; bark smooth, eventually roughly scaly, red-brown; inner bark warm brown. Parts hairless. Twig c.2 mm diameter apically, compressed and grooved not angled, grey-brown, smooth. Leaf blade c.9 x 4(6-20 x 3-9) cm, narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, leathery, drying dull tawny above, chocolate-brown beneath; densely obscurely pimpled above, obscurely dotted beneath; base narrowly wedge-shaped, long tapering into 5-10 cm black-drying stalk, acumen to 15 mm slender caudate; veins unequal, main veins c.9 pairs, raised thoughout but more prominent beneath, sunk in furrows above, spreading; tertiaries faint, evident but hardly raised on either surface; intramarginal veins 2-3, the main well within margin, looped. Panicle to 3-terminal but mostly axillary, to 7 cm long, c.2 mm diameter at base, generally slender, sparsely doubly branched, main branches long straight, the flowers clustered at the tips. Flower bud to 8 x 5 mm including 4 mm pseudostalk, broadly clove-shaped becoming trumpet shaped in flower, sepal lobes 4, rounded and hiding corolla in bud, thick, breaking off at anthesis leaving an even rim; stamens many, short, style extending 5 mm. Fruit to 11 x 11 mm, spherical, smooth, with c.4 mm diameter apical sepal crown. [from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, coastal, mangrove, and sub-montane forests up to 1700 m altitude. Usually on hillsides and ridges on sandy to ultrabasic soils.

Borneo, Philippines (Palawan).

Local names
Borneo: Obah.