Large-Leaf Pink Plum
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Large-Leaf Pink Plum
E Native Photo: Vinay Kumar Sahani
Common name: Large-Leaf Pink Plum • Assamese: ভুকনা চেপা Bhukna-chepa, ভুকুআ চেপা Bhukua Chepa, Labung garai, Kotahi jamu • Garo: Ankhi-siphak, Ankhi siphasi, Bor-subo • Karbi: Mirte phong • Mikir: Mirtephong, Chahar-long-arong • Mishing: Kurak • Nepali: अम्बके Ambake, ठूलो जामुन Thoolo Jamun, फलामे Phalaame • Pnar: Dieng-Sa-ludon
Botanical name: Syzygium formosum    Family: Myrtaceae (Bottlebrush family)
Synonyms: Eugenia formosa, Jambosa formosa, Syzygium lancifolium

Large-Leaf Pink Plum is a medium sized tree with large leaves about more than a foot. Flowers are distinct rosy pink in corymb-like cymes, produced at branch ends. They are pink, showy, have multiple stamens resembling a pom-pom sitting within a sepal-cup with 4 broad round lobes. Leaves are elliptic or oblong-elliptic, leathery, mesuring up to 34 cm long and 13 cm wide. The leaves have a base that is heart-shaped, rounded or narrowing, the lateral veins are sunken above. On the underside, the looped veins are prominent, 0.5-1 cm away from the margin while the smaller veinlets are faint. Each leaf is held on a short stalk up to 0.5 cm long. Fruit is a oblong-round berry with a narrowed base, lobes may still be present. The berry ripens from green to reddish, measuring to 2.5 cm long by 2 cm wide. Large-Leaf Pink Plum is found from Nepla to NE India and SE Asia. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Vinay Kumar Sahani Photographed in Miao, Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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