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Tropical Seashores  : Mangrove

Aegialitis annulata Club mangrove Bulu Plumbaginaceae

 

Aegialitis annulata, Club mangrove, bulu

 

Aegialitis annulata

Aegialitis annulata, Club mangrove, bulu

This mangrove is a small shrub, whichgenerally does not exceed 1.5 metres but can reach up to 3 metres in height .
The trunk is thick at the base, but quickly narrows to give the appearance of a club.
Aegialitis annulata is found in a variety of habitats, including rocky beach
environments in the seaward zone .
The leathery leaves have specialised glands which excrete salt from their upper surface.
The leaves differ from many other mangroves in that they are stem-sheathing. This means that the leaf stem actually flattens out and curls around the stem to
which it is attached .
Aegialitis flowers between September and December.
The flowers are small, tubular and white.
The fruiting period is between January and March.
The fruit are smooth, narrow and banana shaped.

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