Syzygium samarangense

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Syzygium samarangense
(Blume) Merr. & Perry

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jambu cincalo in Jakarta, Indonesia
Order Myrtales
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Syzygium

2n = 33, 42, 44, 66, 88

Origin : South-East Asia

wild and cultivated

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Popular names

  • English: Java apple, wax apple, wax jambu
  • French: pomme de Java; jamalac (Réunion)
  • German: Javaapfel
  • Spanish: cajuil de Surinám (Santo-Domingo)
  • Indonesian: jambu semarang, jambu klampok (Java) (PROSEA)
  • Malaysian: Jambu air mawar (PROSEA)
  • Philippines: makopa (PROSEA)
  • Thailand: chomphu-kaemmaem, chomphu-khieo, chomphu-nak (PROSEA)
  • Vietnam: nam, roi (PROSEA)


Syzygium samarangense (Blume) Merr. & Perry (1938)


  • Myrtus samarangensis Blume (1826)


  • Eugenia javanica Lam. (1789) pro parte, non S. javanicum Miq. (1855)

Often confused with Syzygium aqueum (N.L. Burm.) Alston (1929).


There are cultivars with a white, pink or light red skin. The pulp is white or pink.


Introduced in 1750 in Mauritius, and soon after in la Réunion.


Fruit eaten raw, crunchy and watery, but with a weak taste.


  • Hoyos Jesús, 1989. Frutales en Venezuela. Caracas, Sociedad de ciencias naturales La Salle. 375 p.
  • PROSEA 2, 1991. Plant resources of South-East Asia. vol. 2. Edible fruits and nuts. ed. by E.W.M. Verheij & R.E. Coronel. Wageningen, PUDOC/PROSEA. (Bogor, PROSEA, 1992). pp. 292-294.