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Tropical Seashores  : Mangrove

Osbornia octofolia Mytle mangrove Kayu semilit  

 

Osbornia-octofolia, Mytle mangrove, Kayu semilit

 

Osbornia octofolia

Osbornia-octofolia, Mytle mangrove, Kayu semilit

This mangrove belongs to the same family as the eucalypts (Myrtaceae) with its crushed leaves having the same distinctive smell. This species can grow to 5 m tall.
Roots: No above-ground roots, although it can often have roots spreading on the soil surface.
Leaves: Leaves about 3 cm long that are arranged opposite each other up the stem. There is often a red tinge to the base of the leaves.
Flowers and Fruit: Small (about 1 cm) white flowers. The fruit is not much larger than the flower and is a similar shape. Bark: Grey and fibrous bark.
Location: Found on the landward edge of tidal mangroves where there is little fresh water available.

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