Syzygium scortechinii (King) P.Chanaranothai & J.Parnell, Kew Bull. 48 (1993)

Named after B. Scortechini [1845-1886], missionary and plant collector.

Eugenia heteroclada Merr.
Eugenia insigne Anderson
Eugenia kingii Merr.
Eugenia scortechnii King
Eugenia scortechinii var. cuneata M.R.Hend.
Eugenia scortechinii var. parvifolia Ridl.
Syzygium heterocladum (Merr.) Merr. & Perry
Syzygium kingii (Merr.) Merr. & Perry
Syzygium scortechinii var. cuneatum (M.R.Hend.) I.M.Turner
Syzygium scortechinii var. parvifolia (Ridl.) Masamune

Sub-canopy tree up to 24 m tall and 29 cm dbh. Twigs winged. Stipules absent. Leaves opposite, simple, penni-veined, venation conspicuous, glabrous. Flowers ca. 30 mm diameter, white-pinkish, with protruding stamens, flowers placed in dense clusters. Fruits ca. 18 mm diameter, green-white-pink-purplish, fleshy berries.

Understorey tree with smooth grey-brown bark. Parts hairless. Twig pale brown, smooth, slender but stouter with 4 distinct shoulders at the nodes, the shoulders continuing variably as blunt angles down the otherwise c.2 mm diameter terete tapering internodes. Leaf blade c.18 x 6(8-20 x 2.5-7) cm but variable, elliptic to narrowly obovate or ovate-lanceolate, drying dull dark tawny-brown above, pale greenish brown beneath; base heart-shaped or rounded, abruptly joining c.4 mm short stalk, acumen to 3 cm long, tapering; densely minutely pitted above, faintly dotted beneath; venation including tertiaries distinct on both surfaces, veins unequal, main veins c.12 pairs, more prominent beneath, furrowed above, spreading; intramarginal vein 1(2) pairs, the main one 2-3 mm within margin, somewhat looped. Flowers few in dense terminal clusters, bud to 15 x 15 mm including distinct c.3 mm pseudostalk, jambu-shaped, sepal lobes 4, to 7 x 9 mm, large, unequal, ovate, obtuse, hyaline towards margin, spreading on flowering to 20 mm diameter ring; stamens many; style extending to 15 mm, prominent. Fruit c.20 x 20 mm, top-shaped, smooth, with c.15 mm diameter prominent sepal ring; style persistent, to 25 mm long, slender. [from Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak]

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, swamp to sub-montane forests up to 1900 m altitude. Often along rivers and streams, but also common on hillsides. On sandy to clay soils.

Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo.

Local names
Borneo: Obah air, Obar, Ubah, Ubah laut.