Syzygium simile (PROSEA)
Syzygium simile (Merr.) Merr.
- Protologue: Philipp. Journ. Sci., Bot. 79: 414 (1951).
- Family: Myrtaceae
- Eugenia similis Merr. (1906).
- Philippines: panglongboien (Iloko), malaruhat (Tagalog), arang (Mangyan), muning (Bisaya).
Endemic in the Philippines.
The fruits are eaten raw. The timber is used for house and ship building and for implements.
- A small tree up to 15 m tall.
- Leaves opposite, elliptical-ovate to oblong-ovate, 9-11 cm × 4-6 cm, with c. 14 pairs of fairly indistinct secondary veins, petiole slender, up to 25 mm long.
- Flowers in panicles from branches below the leaves, calyx c. 3 mm long, with 4 distinct and persistent lobes, petals white.
- Fruit a subglobose berry, purplish to black.
S. simile occurs in forest at low and medium altitudes throughout the Philippines, but the supply of timber is limited. The wood is greyish-brown.
- 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.
- Monsalud, M.R., Tongacan, A.L., Lopez, F.R. & Lagrimas, M.Q., 1966. Edible wild plants in Philippine forests. The Philippine Journal of Science 95: 431 561.
414, 426, 527, 673. timbers
- P.C.M. Jansen, J. Jukema, L.P.A. Oyen, T.G. van Lingen