Botanical name: Syzygium hemisphericum Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Jambosa hemispherica, Eugenia hemispherica, Strongylocalyx hemisphaericus
Hemispheric Rose-Apple is a tree up to 20 m tall. Bark is smooth, greyish brown, blaze cream. Branchlets are round, hairless. Leaves are simple, opposite, cross-arranged. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-1.5 cm long, grooved, hairless. Leaves are 7.5-19 x 2.5-8 cm, elliptic, inverted-lanceshaped, tip long-pointed and twisted or narrowed with blunt tip, base narrow to wedge-shaped, margin entire, pellucid gland dotted, leathery, hairless. Midrib is grooved above, secondary nerves 8-12 pairs. Flowers are large, white, powder-puff like, in terminal clusters. Flower-stalks are 0.5 cm long. Sepal tube is obconic. Berry is 2-2.5 cm across, hemispherical, purple, crowned by sepals. Hemispheric Rose-Apple is found in evergreen forests in Sri Lanka and Western Ghats, up to 1400 m elevation.
Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
The flower labeled Hemispheric Rose-Apple is ...