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Last updated 1 October 2005
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|Syzygium suborbiculare is an evergreen
tree growing between 10 and 14 metres found throughout tropical Australia
and Papua New Guinea.
Previously known as Eugenia suborbicularis
and commonly as Red Bush Apple.
It is common through savannah woodland and on the edge of coastal
floodplain growing in sandy soil. Samples growing in coastal dunes on
Melville Island differ in having dull leaves, smooth white fruit with a
The photographs here are taken of an example growing alongside
MacMillan road in Anula in September and October 2005.
S. suborbiculare may be mistaken for S.
eucalyptoides subsp. bleeseri.
Terminal inflorescence comprise a cluster of large showy flower with
numerous white stamens.
Nectar from the flowers attracts bees.
Globular fleshy, red fruit are up to 70 mm in length, fruiting occurs November
to December. The fruit contains a single large seed.
The fruit can
be eaten raw. Other uses of the plant include
decoction from leaves for diarrhoea
juice from cooked fruit for coughs, colds and chest congestion
fruit pulp applied to sore ears
heated leaves applied to wounds as a dressing to stop bleeding and
infusion form bark and leaves for stomach pains and bathe sores.
|The tree is fire tolerant and will shoot from lignotubers
following damage from fire like other Myrtacaea. It is a good firewood.
This plants grows readily from fresh seed in most well-draining
Slightly rough grey bark
Broad, elliptical leaves are discolorous with a shiny green upper surface,
paler underneath. These
examples show evidence of insect grazing. Leaves are opposite, thick and
leathery. Venations are prominent with oil dots. Most have short pointed
Top End Native Plants 1988 John Brock. Darwin.309
Dunlop CT, Leach GJ, Cowie ID Flora of the Darwin Region Vol 2 CCNT, Darwin 1995 p 179
Syzygium suboriculare information
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