Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston (Myrtaceae), a new record introduced to the flora of Yemen

Saeed S. Mohamed, Othman Saad Saeed Al-Hawshabi, Mazen A. A. Atef, Watheq A. Aulaqi

Abstract


The study area (Tuban) is a district of Lahej governorate, Republic of Yemen. Lahej governorate is located at the southwestern part of Yemen at latitudes between 12° 30’ to 14° 00’ N and longitudes between 43° 30’ to 45° 30’ E. This investigation was carried out during in 2013. Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston (Myrtaceae), originally native to tropical Asia, is recently found planted in two sites of Tuban district, Lahej governorate, southern Yemen. In Yemen the family Myrtaceae is represented by four important genera viz.; Eucalyptus, Myrtus, Psidium and Syzygium. The Syzygium genus is represented only by one species viz. Syzygium guineense. In this paper we add Syzygium jambos as first time for Yemen flora. Syzygium jambos was found at altitude between 139-144 m a.s.l., where it grows in a deep loamy soil. Its fruits are eaten fresh in Yemen. The present study gives a detailed description and shows photographs of the species, as well as it aims to facilitate an easy identification of such a species.

Keywords


Syzygium jambos; Myrtaceae; New record; Flora of Yemen

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