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Scientific name:Syzygium cumini
Evergreen tree 5-10m high with white or grey branchlets. Pale- or yellowish-green, glossy, thick leaves with lateral veins very close together. White or yellowish-green flowers in much-branched, many-flowered clusters from October to April. Purplish-red, one-seeded berries that are oval to pear-shaped, 15-25mm long.
Where does this species come from?Indomalaysian region of Asia
What is its invasive status in South Africa?CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – a. 1b. b. The fruit of the jambolan is not listed if used for human consumption.
Where in South Africa is it a problem?aZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga Province
How does it spread?Seed dispersal
Why is it a problem?Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species. Indigenous birds could neglect the dispersal of indigenous plants as a consequence of their preference for the fruits of this alien species
What does it look like?General description: Evergreen tree growing up to 10m with white to grey branches. Leaves: Pale to yellowish-green, thick, glossy leaves with lateral veins very close together. Flowers: White or yellowish-green flowers in much-branched, many-flowered clusters from October to April. Fruit/seeds: Purplish-red, one-seeded berries that are oval to pear-shaped, 15-25mm long.
Does the plant have any uses?Ornament, edible fruits.
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