Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston

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Syzygium jambos

Photo: Bart Wursten
Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Syzygium jambos

Photo: Maureen Silva-Jones
5, Hervey Close, Belvedere

Syzygium jambos

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Syzygium jambos

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haslemere Lane, Umwinsidale

Syzygium jambos

Photo: Mark Hyde
34, Kent Road, Highlands, Harare

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Synonyms: Eugenia jambos L.
Jambosa jambos (L.) Millsp.
Common names: Rose apple (English)
Frequency: Local
Status: Cultivated and naturalised
Small to medium-sized tree. Leaves opposite, narrowly lanceolate, dark green. Flowers in branched, axillary heads, creamy-white, showy; petals falling separately; filaments long, c. 4 cm. Fruit up to 4.5 cm in diameter, oval to spherical, yellow when ripe.
Notes: Introduced for its striking flowers and the edible fruit. Known as an occasional naturalised escape in Zimbabwe; it is included in the Appendix to the Mozambican checklist as a possible escape. Definite records are needed.
Derivation of specific name: jambos: from a Malayan name for this species.
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Worldwide distribution: Native to East Asia; naturalised in southern Africa.
Mozambique distribution: GI
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Friday 12 January 2007

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 264.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 64.

White, F. (1978). Myrtaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 204.

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Flora of Malawi: cultivated Syzygium jambos
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Syzygium jambos
Flora of Zimbabwe: Syzygium jambos
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Syzygium jambos

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Syzygium jambos
African Plant Database: Syzygium jambos
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Syzygium jambos
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Wikipedia: Syzygium jambos

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Syzygium jambos., retrieved 7 June 2023

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