Syzygium venosum (Bois de Pomme).


It is a ramified bush or a tree reaching 9 m in height and smooth. They bark is grey and smooth. Branches are robust, 5-10 mm thick, 4-winged.

 Leaves are more or less sessile, with an elliptical or obovoid lamina measuring 6-20 (-25) 4-11 cm, truncated, obtuse or twisted at the base. They are shiny green above and pale green below and are rigid. The margins are highly revolute.

 The midrib is canaliculated above and prominent below especially at the base. There are 10-15 pairs of lateral ascending veins or which make a more or less obtuse angle with the midrib and they are prominent on both faces. Intramarginal veins are found 2-6 mm from the margin and there are 1-2 more veins nearer to the margin.

 Inflorescences are in thyrses, or rarely in racemes, reaching 10 cm in length or are occasionally cauliflore plants. Bracts and bracteoles are squamiform and deciduous. Floral buds are conical and turbinated, 12-14 7-9 mm at anthesis, and reddish violet in colour. The floral tube is prolonged over the ovary by 4-5 mm, without any distinct pedicel at the base. The calyx lobes are very rounded, 2-3 mm long, 4-6 mm wide, thin and deciduous.

  Petals are circular, measuring 7-8 (-10) mm in diameter, being separate or loosely adhering between them, forming a calyptra. There are numerous stamens (150-200). The filaments are 10-14 mm long and are pink in colour. The anthers are oblong, 1-2 mm long and crowned by a gland.

  The ovary is bilocular, bearing 8-10 ovules per locule. The style is 10-15 mm long. The berry is ellipsoidal, measuring 2-2.5 cm in length and 1.2-1.5 cm in diameter. It is fleshy and greenish red in colour. The hilum is apical, 5mm high and 6-7 mm in diameter. There are 4-5 seeds. The testa adheres more or less to the thin pericarp while the cotyledons are free and unequal.