This tree is identified by its furry fruit and furry leaves
(underside). The fur on the leaves conserve water by trapping a
layer of insulating air and thus reduce water loss through
Uses as food: The seeds are boiled and eaten, in some places,
they are sold in markets as vegetables. The fragrant flowers produce
nectar and are pollinated by insects. Avicennia produces some of the
Other uses: This fast growing mangrove tree is among the few used
in replanting mangroves to protect coastlines (the others are
Sonneratia and Rhizophora). It is rarely used to make charcoal and
is used as firewood only to smoke fish or rubber.
Roots: pencil-like pneumatophores emerge above ground from long
shallow underground roots.
Leaves: Satiny green above, underneath densely furred, yellowish
Flowers: Small, yellow, several together, forming a cross-shaped
Fruits: Woolly flat capsule containing one seed, green to yellowish