African Plant Database

Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC.
Protologue : Prodr. (DC.) 3: 259 (1828) 
Information on the genus : Syzygium
Basionym : Calyptranthes guineensis Willd.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC. subsp. guineense
 Calyptranthes guineensis Willd.
 Eugenia guineensis (Willd.) Baill. ex Laness. (1886)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Syzygium guineense subsp. littorale (Keay) Boutique
=Syzygium guineense var. littorale Keay
=Memecylon lopezianum A. Chev. (1917)
=*Syzygium littorale Aubrév. (1936)
=Eugenia fleuryi A. Chev. (1917)
Taxon infra-specific
Syzygium guineense (Willd.) DC. subsp. guineense
Syzygium guineense subsp. afromontanum F. White
Syzygium guineense subsp. huillense (Hiern) F. White
Syzygium guineense subsp. bamendae F. White (1977)
Syzygium guineense subsp. occidentale F. White (1977)
Syzygium guineense subsp. obovatum F. White (1977)
Syzygium guineense subsp. barotsense F. White
Syzygium guineense var. sudanicum (A. Chev.) Roberty
Syzygium guineense subsp. parvifolium (Engl.) F. White (1977)
Syzygium guineense subsp. urophyllum (Welw. ex Hiern) Amshoff
Syzygium guineense subsp. macrocarpum (Engl.) F. White
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Rhizomatous subshrub or small to medium-sized (elsewhere a large) evergreen tree; 30 cm-30 m (or more) high; bark grey or brown, flaking in patches.
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Ecology : Certainly occurs in a greater range of vegetation types and shows a larger variety of growth forms than any other African plant; 1-2600 m alt. (see Fl. Zambes. 4: 198-199, 1978).
  One of the most widespread African tree species; Namibia, Caprivi Strip, Botswana, S. Africa; tropical Arabia.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • BOUDET G. & J.P. LEBRUN (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16 : 77
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:303 (2012)
  • CÉSAR J. & C. CHATELAIN (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména : 375
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Record n°176028 modified 2009-12-14
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