Syzygium cumini, Fam. Myrtaceae
Dense tree to 20m or more.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Med tree, Large Tree|
Opposite simple, elliptic to broadly oblong, 50-100mm long, glossy green with prominent yellowish midvein and numerous fine parallel lateral veins, oil glands present.
|Flower description:||Fluffy cream, about 10mm in diameter, borne in large branched sprays.|
|Fruit description:||Purple-black ovoid berries, 20mm long, abundant, each with one brown seed embedded in juicy purplish flesh that stains.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Southeast Asia, India|
|Notes:||Spread by: primarily by water; also by bats and birds. Invades/threats: creek banks and Melaleuca forest. Notes: widely promoted and planted as an amenity species in the Mackay district in the early 1980’s. ‘Seeds’ have multiple embryos and up to 4 plants germinate from each fruit; trees flower and produce numerous fruit while young so there are now expansive populations in this area. It withstands long periods of drought, survives in standing water and has displaced all native species in some sites. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|