Description: Management: Remarks



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Description:   

Management: 

 

Remarks:   

 

Syzygium guineense 



 

 

 



 

 

Myrtaceae   

Indigenous   

Common names:   

Ecology:   

Uses:   

Propagation:   

Seed: 

treatment: 

storage:   

English: Waterberry Luganda: Kalunginsavu Luganda, dialect Buddu: 

Muziti Lugbara: Anigo, amigo, kuzu Lugishu: Chiemo, sizanzass, 

wandiviri Lugwe: Mutuli Luo: Kano Madi: Ozu, ologua Rukiga: Mugote, 

mufumba Runyankore: Musimangwa Sebei: Lemaiyua, reberwo.   

 

 

A large tree widely distributed in Africa. There are several subspecies 



occurring from sea level to 2,100 m. It prefers moist soils with a high 

watertable beside rivers, but will also grow in open woodland. Common in 

the Impenetrable (Bwindi) forest.   

 

Firewood, charcoal, poles, timber (furniture, general construction, tool 



handles, carving), food (fruit), bee forage, medicine (bark, roots, leaves), 

dyes, tannin (bark).   

 

 

A densely leafy forest tree, usually 10-15 m but up to 25 m, the trunk broad 



and fluted and the crown rounded and heavy, the branchlets drooping, the 

stems thick and angular. BARK: smooth when young, black and rough with 

age, flaking, producing a red watery sap if cut. LEAVES: young leaves 

purple-red, but mature leaves dark green, opposite, shiny and smooth on 



both surfaces, the tip long but rounded, on a short grooved stalk. The 

leaves are variable in shape. FLOWERS: white, showy stamens, in dense 

branched heads 10 cm across, the honey-sweet smell attracting many 

insects; stalks angular, square. FRUIT: oval to 3 cm, purple-black and 

shiny, one-seeded, in big bunches of 20-30.   

Seedlings (sow seed in pots), wildings, direct sowing on site.   

Good germination. No. of seeds per kg: 2,400-3,700.   

not necessary.   

must be stored immediately the fruit is picked. Seeds may be spoilt in less 

than 24 hours.   

 

Pollarding, coppicing.   



 

The wood is brown, hard and strong. It is easily worked but liable to split.   



Syzygium guineense   

 

 



 

 

 



 

Myrtaceae   

 

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