fews day ago i went to the botanic garden. suddenly i was caught by a lot of red shinning from a big tree in far. immediately i ran to check out what flowers they were. then i was spellbound by the beauty of the rosy fruit and the density. apparently, when mature, the plant is a busy and heavy bearer. this tropical evergreen tree can have as much as three blossoming and fruiting seasons, each yielding a crop of up to hundreds of bell-shaped berries.
a note on this particular tree at botanic garden, this could be one of the over a century old java apples ; according to the register of old and valuable tree, there are at least two java apple trees in the garden which are over 100 years old.
clearly the fruit is the soul of this plant, its common names include java apple, wax apple and bell fruit. it is native to the malay peninsula but widely cultivated in the tropics. taiwan for example is well-known for planting and exporting of her pingtung wax apples.
南洋蒲桃 java apple (syzygium samarangense) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): rosids | order: myrtales 桃金娘目 | family: myrtaceae 桃金孃科 | genus: syzygium赤楠屬 | species: s. samarangense