Syzygium laetum (Buch. - Ham.)

Syzygium laetum (Buch. - Ham.) Gandhi  (MYRTACEAE)

Description:  Trees up to 10 meters tall; bark smooth, white. Leaves opposite, ovate or elliptic, up to 11.5 x 5 cm, narrowed at base, acuminate at apex, glabrous. Flowers in few-flowered, ca 5 cm across cymes. Calyx tube narrow narrowly conical, lobes 4. Petals 4, orbicular, ca 1.5 cm across, white. Staminal disc thick. Stamens numerous, bright crimson, much exceeding the petals. Berries ovoid, ca 2.5 cm across, dark, brown, crowned by persistent calyx lobes.

Flowering & Fruiting : December – May.

Distribution: India: In evergreen forests of Western Ghats.  Maharashtra and Karnataka. Endemic.

Uses: The wood is a good structural timber.