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Seashore and Beach Plants

Calophyllum inophyllum Indian Laurel Nyamplung Calophyllaceae

 

 Nyamplung, Calophyllum inophyllum

 

Calophyllum inophyllum

 Nyamplung, Calophyllum inophyllum

Occurring naturally from coastal southern India and Southeast Asia to northern Australia, this tree usually grows to about 40 ft (12 m) high with a broadly spreading, low-branched habit and dense dark green foliage. It commonly grows along beaches, providing an effective line of shelter. The blunt-tipped leaves are remarkably shiny and their lateral veins are so close they virtually touch one another. In summer it produces sprays of highly scented white flowers about 1 in (25 mm) in diameter, followed by 1 1/2 in (35 mm) long yellow-brown fruit.
It's also named Alexandrian laurel or Oil-nut tree
Cultivation: Only one species is widely grown in the tropics, valued as a shade tree and for sea-front planting.
Plant in humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun. Propagate from seed or cuttings.

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