Uses as food: The seeds are boiled and
eaten, in some places, they are sold in markets as vegetables.
Other uses: This fast growing mangrove
tree is among the few used in replanting mangroves to protect
coastlines (the others are Sonneratia and Rhizophora). Producing a
low quality firewood, it is rarely used to make charcoal and is
burnt only to smoke fish or rubber.
Traditional medicinal uses: The
heartwood is used to make tonics. The bark and seeds are used as a
fish poison and resin used in birth control.
Role in the habitat: Avicennia alba
provides food for smaller creatures. Tiny moth larvae eat the fruits
(Autoba alabastrata) and flower buds (Euopoicillia sp.). Beetles eat
their leaves (Monolepta sp.).