Syzygium claviflorum (Myrtaceae)

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Time to blow the trumpets of Syzygium claviflorum.

This species is a common understorey tree of lowland to upland rainforest in the Far North Queensland region, and makes for a good street tree.

The young cream colored flowerbuds have a trumpet shape, probably explaining how the species got it’s common name “Trumpet Satinash”. The thin part of the “trumpet” gradually turns red and gets fat as the fruit develops.

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Then it all goes pear-shaped. Notice also the deep excavated end of the fruit. Initially this species was placed under a different genus from Syzygium and called Acmenosperma claviflorum, probably because of the fruit structure.

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The leaves are quite non-descript and elliptic – exactly how I would have drawn any particular leaf as a kid.

But the upper surface tends to be dark glossy green in contrast to the light green underside. And, I have always noticed that the margins of the leaves have a subtle waviness.

Syzygium claviflorum

About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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