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Species Information

leaves, fruit    leaves, flowers    leaves, flowers    leaves, flowers    fruit   
Eugenia natalitia Sond.
(name current 2016)
Forest Myrtle
Ijobe, Lijoye


Growth form: Tree
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: widespread
Local abundance: occasional

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Eugenia natalitia - (Ijobe, Lijoye) Shrub or small tree, hairless throughout, copiously finely gland-dotted. Leaves opposite, simple, entire, with short stalk, blade broadly lance-shaped or oval, tapering to both ends, up to 6 cm long x 2 cm wide, paler on underside. Flowers lateral, solitary or in small clusters; stalk up to 1 cm long, sharply distinct from calyx which is usually four-lobed, lobes c 3 mm long; petals four, free, white, c 5 mm long; stamens numerous. Fruit c 1 cm long and in diam, fleshy, crowned with calyx lobes, with one or two large seeds..

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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