Syzygium pycnanthum (PROSEA)

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Syzygium pycnanthum Merr. & Perry

Family: Myrtaceae


  • Eugenia densiflora (Blume) Duthie.

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: kelampok (Bahasa Indonesia), jambon, jambu kapa (Java)
  • Malaysia: kelat asam, kelat jambu.


Indonesia (Java, Sumatra), Peninsular Malaysia.


Fruits and flowers are edible. The bark is used to dye cotton brown. The wood is used as firewood. The species is used as termite- resistant rootstock for other Syzygium spp.


  • Shrub or tree, 2-15 m tall.
  • Fruit a globose berry, ca. 3 cm in diameter, red-purple, crowned by the calyx limb.

In brushwoods of open forests and along waterways, up to 1500 m altitude.

Selected sources

  • Backer, C.A. & Bakhuizen van den Brink, R.C., 1963-1968. Flora of Java. 3 Volumes. Noordhoff, Groningen, the Netherlands.
  • Burkill, I.H., 1966. A dictionary of the economic products of the Malay Peninsula. 2nd ed. 2 Volumes. Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2444 pp.
  • Heyne, K., 1927. De nuttige planten van Nederlandsch Indië [The useful plants of the Dutch East Indies]. 2nd ed. 3 Volumes. Departement van Landbouw, Nijverheid en Handel in Nederlandsch Indië. 1953 pp.
  • Mansfeld, R. & Schultze Motel, J., 1986. Verzeichnis landwirtschaftlicher und gärtnerischer Kuturpflanzen. 2nd ed. 4 Volumes. Springer Verlag, Berlin. 1998 pp.


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