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Tropical Seashores : Mangrove

Acanthus ilicifolius Holy Mangrove Jeruju putih Acanthaceae

 

Holy Mangrove, jeruju putih, Acanthus ilicifolius

 

Acanthus ilicifolius

Holy Mangrove, jeruju putih, Acanthus ilicifolius

From India to Polynesia and Australia. Locally, in various northern sites. Erect herbs, up to 2.5 m tall, with spiny, often yellowish stems; leaves like those of holly, leaf blade dark green, slightly to deeply lobed with a spine at each lobe's tip especially in exposed conditions, flat.
Flowers in neatly organised spikes at branch tips; petals large, showy and light violet; capsules squarish and slightly flattened, exploding when ripe to send its whitish, flat seeds flying up to 2 m from the parent plant. Shaded to fully-exposed in the undergrowth and on mud lobster mounds.
From Malay folklore, leaves are used as treatment for rheumatism, neuralgia and wounds of poison arrows. Rare.

 

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