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Seashore and Beach Plants

Pemphis acidula Pemphis Santigi Lythraceae

 

 Pemphis, santigi, Pemphis acidula

 

Pemphis acidula

 Pemphis, santigi, Pemphis acidula

Small tree (7-10m tall), t 'more usually a low shrub 1-2m tall'. Greyish green, both sides densely covered in stiff white hairs giving them a silky look. The leaves wither yellow. Flowers with six delicate white petals. Fruit red turning brown, a spherical capsule containing 20-30 flattened angular seeds. Bark light grey to brown becoming deeply fissured with age and shedding in long curling strips. Young twigs angular, densely hairy becoming gnarled and twisted with age. Leaves small and narrow, sometimes fleshy.

It likes to grow on the detritus of small granite boulders and broken coral as well as exposed rocks in full sun just above the tide level but in reach of the spray. It is found 'in rocky foreshores and more exposed mangrove associations'.

 

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