Scientific name : Elaeocarpus hygrophilus Kurz
Family : Elaeocarpaceae
Other names : Saraphi Nam (Central Region) Anchor Phiphai (Rayong)
Botanical characteristics: large tree, 8-15 m tall, canopy, rather opaque, trunk bark reddish-brown, leaves are single leaves, alternating from the trunk. But the apex is circular design. Leaves oval or elliptical, pointed at the base, rounded, with auricle, slightly jagged edge. Petioles are red, flowers are inflorescences in a raty form, axillary leaves are fertile, with 5 sepals, white, streaked. There are many stamens. There is 1 pistil. The result is a drupe (drupe) with a very hard seed coat. Inside there is 1 seed, light brown, fusiform-shaped, rough surface. Flowering around April to May.
Part used : fruit, seed
Properties : Fruit – using brine pickle Eat as a food instead of olives will have a slightly astringent taste, water to moisten the throat, relieve thirst well.
Seeds – May be refined, an oil similar to olive oil.
Flowers – cure blood poisoning, nosebleed, cure hemorrhoids in the throat, nourish the body
The water olive tree is a plant that grows near a reservoir in the Botanical Park. Which the tree is less than 10 years old, during the months of September – November, there are flowers and fruit every tree. The Park has been processed by pickling. and soaked to enjoy the taste of water olives every year.