Shrubs or tree up to 8m tall. Leaves
(2-10cm) spatula-shaped with oval ends, scalloped edge and a small
notch at the tip, thick and fleshy, arranged in a spiral. Flowers
small (1-2cm) in bunches, white with five tiny petals. The flowers
are weakly scented and produce lots of nectar. According to
Tomlinson, this species appear to be pollinated by day-active wasps,
bees, butterflies and months.
The small fruits are ribbed, fibrous and float, and dispersed by
water. Each fruit contains one seed. Bark reddish-brown and
fissured. Has no pneumatophores.
Sometimes mistaken for Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea) which
has its leaves arranged in a spiral.
Although occurring throughout Malaysia and Indonesia, L. littorea
and L. racemosa practically exclude each other in habitat and have
never been collected in exactly the same stand. The exact cause of
this different ecological behaviour is not yet known.
Human uses: According to Burkill, the timber has similar properties
as that of Teruntum merah (Lumnitzera littorea) but because it is a
smaller plant it is less useful.