Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Syzygium aqueum (Burm.f.) Alston
Alston, A.H.G. (1929) Annals of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya 11 : 204.
Apple, Water; Water Apple; Watery Rose-apple
A small tree seldom exceeding 30 cm dbh.
Inflorescence peduncles long and slender, about 10-20 x 1 mm, bracts absent at anthesis. Calyx tube (hypanthium) + pedicel about 4-8 mm long, calyx tube (hypanthium) about 3-7 mm diam., calyx lobes dimorphic, broadly triangular to rounded, about 2-4.5 mm long. Petals broadly spathulate, shortly clawed, about 8 x 6 mm, oil dots visible, more than 100 per petal. Staminal filaments glandular, outer filaments about 10-15 mm long, anthers about 0.6 x 0.4 mm, gland terminal, small and inconspicuous. Ovules about 30-40 per locule, placentas central, ovules radiating, ascending. Style about 10-20 mm long, usually exceeding the stamens.
Fruits campanulate or broadly campanulate, attaining about 25 x 25 mm, calyx lobes persistent, incurved, about 4-5 mm long, pericarp succulent. Seed usually solitary, sometimes two or more seeds per fruit, sometimes seeds absent, testa adhering somewhat to the slightly rugose surface of the uniformly textured, petiolate cotyledons but almost entirely free from the pericarp at maturity. Radicle lateral.
Occurs in CYP, wild populations are known from the Claudie River area. Altitudinal range probably small, from near sea level to 100 m. Grows as an understory tree in the dry, seasonal rain forest, monsoon forest and gallery forest. Also occurs in India, SE Asia, and Malesia, usually as a cultivated plant.
A small tree with dense dark green leaves but usually grown for the shiny, bright red, pear-shaped fruits.
Plants of exotic origin have been cultivated for many years under the name Water Apple.
This species is of no commercial value as it is unlikely to produce millable logs.
Wood specific gravity unknown. Hyland (1983).