Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

Syzygium guineense

Species Information                       

 

 

Species name               

Syzygium guineense

Common name(s)         

mukui; Waterberry (English)

Family

Myrtaceae

Natural range

Nigeria; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Rwanda; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Cameroon; Central African Republic; Burundi; Togo; Burkina Faso; Senegal; Somalia; Mali; Liberia; Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Ghana; Gambia; Benin; Sierra Leone; Zimbabwe; Chad; Angola; Yemen; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Swaziland; Namibia; Eritrea; Botswana; Ethiopia; Zambia; Mozambique; Malawi; Uganda; Tanzania, United Republic of; Kenya; South Sudan; Congo; Sudan; Sao Tomé and Principe

Description      

 

 

Deciduous/evergreen

Evergreen

Size

Up to 25 m

Stem

Often squarish

Bark

Black and rough with age

Leaves

Dark green though pinkish when young, elliptic

Flowers

Showy stamens, white

Fruits

Oval to 5 cm, purple-black and shiny, edible

Seeds

One seeded

Uses

Firewood, timber (but warps and splits), fruit, dyes, tannin, medicine, bee forage

Seed collection

 

 

Post harvest handling

Sow immediately

Long term storage

Thought to be recalcitrant
Propagation

 

 

Method

Seed

Soil media

1:1:1 peat, sand, perlite; otherwise easy in soil

Pretreatment

None

Depth sown

3 cm

Environment

Greenhouse 22-25C / under shade in ambient conditions 17-20C

Dark/light conditions

Not known

Expected success rate

90%

Establishment

 

 

Age/height to plant out  

1 year

Shade requirements

None

Soil

Basalt derived acid soil or forest soil; others unknown

Aftercare requirements

Plant in early main rains

Expected growth rate

Fast

Expected survival rate

60%

PlantSearch link

Click here

This information was provided by Brackenhurst Botanic Garden, Kenya. For further information, or to
buy seeds or seedlings of this species, please contact: mjlni@yahoo.com Tel: +254 729 638 738