Syzygium curranii (PROSEA)

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Syzygium curranii (C.B. Robinson) Merr.

Protologue: Philipp. Journ. Sci., Bot. 79: 386 (1951).
Family: Myrtaceae


  • Eugenia curranii C.B. Robinson (1909).

Vernacular names

  • Philippines: lipote (Tagalog), igot (Bisaya).


Endemic in the Philippines (Luzon, Samar).


The fruit is rather acid for a dessert fruit but makes a good wine or jelly. The wood is used for boards.


  • A small to medium-sized tree up to 15 m tall, bole up to 30 cm in diameter, bark surface scaly, pinkish-brown. Branches distinctly 4-angled.
  • Leaves oblong, 15-29 cm × 4.5-8 cm, with 16-22 pairs of secondary veins, petiole 5-8 mm long.
  • Flowers in panicles on short tubercles on stems and branches, white, pedicel up to 9 mm long, calyx c. 10 mm long, with 4 large, unequal lobes.
  • Infructescences in clusters on trunk and branches.
  • Fruit an ellipsoid berry, 1-2.5 cm in diameter, dark red to black, 1-seeded.

S. curranii is quite rare and occurs in primary forest at low altitudes.

Selected sources

  • Brown, W.H., 1951-1957. Useful plants of the Philippines. Reprint of the 1941-1943 ed. 3 Volumes. Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Technical Bulletin 10. Bureau of Printing, Manila, the Philippines.
  • Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna, (various editors), 1986. Vol. 1-4. Natural Resources Management Center, Ministry of Natural Resources & University of the Philippines, Manila, the Philippines.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.
  • Merrill, E.D., 1923-1925. An enumeration of Philippine flowering plants. 4 Volumes. Government of the Philippine Islands, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bureau of Printing, Manila.

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P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen