Syzygium aromaticum

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Name and publication()

Syzygium aromaticum (L.) Merr. & L. M. Perry, Mem. Amer. Acad. Arts 18: 196 (1939).


Cloves are infrequently encountered in imported potpourri. The four-parted, dark brown dried flower buds, resembling nails, are 5-15 mm long x 3-5 mm wide and heavily scented when crushed. These pieces are usually leftovers from millineries.

Nativity and distribution()

Syzygium aromaticum is native to tropical Asia but cultivated elsewhere in the tropics.




Caryophyllus aromaticus L.