aEnvironmental Futures Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
bBiomolecular and Physical Sciences, Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, Brisbane, Queensland 4111, Australia.
Type:Medicinal plant images
Syzygium jambos Alston (syn. Eugenia jambos L.; Jambosa jambos Millsp.; Jambosa vulgaris DC.; Caryophyllus jambos Stokes) is an evergreen tree of the family Myrtaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia where it is grown both as a food and for its medicinal properties. S. jambos has been used as a general tonic as well as for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and medical conditions including fever reduction, as well as the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, diarrhoea, dysentery, epilepsy, rheumatism and catarrh. It is also used as an analgesic and an anaesthetic. The antimicrobial activity of this species in particular has been the focus of recent investigations. Several other species of the genus Syzygium from Africa,[2,3] Asia[4,5] and Australia[6–8] have also previously demonstrated good antimicrobial activity. The photograph shows S. jambos fruit displayed for sale at a market in Thailand in February 2012.