Sonneratia L.f.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees, evergreen, glabrous, columnar or spreading, surrounded by pencil-like pneumatophores arising from long, shallowly buried horizontal roots. Leaves opposite, borne in a single plane; lamina simple, margins entire, leathery. Inflorescence 1-3 flowered clustered at apex of ultimate, pendulous branchlets. Flowers actinomorphic, 4-8-merous, opening at night; floral tube shallowly campanulate, at fruit maturity persistent, partly surrounding fruit or expanded and saucer-shaped with fruit fully exposed; sepals 4-8, adaxially red or green, thick, leathery; petals red or white, caduceus, vestigial or absent. Fruit berry-like, globose, leathery, indehiscent, crowned by style bae. Seeds numerous, embedded in foul smelling pulp.

Worldwide: Species 9 in East Africa to South East Asia, Australia, New Guinea and the western Pacific.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

Sonneratia alba

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alba Sm.N,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sonneratia:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sonneratia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sonneratia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sonneratia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sonneratia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Sonneratia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sonneratia
JSTOR Plant Science: Sonneratia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sonneratia
Plants of the World Online: Sonneratia
Tropicos: Sonneratia
Wikipedia: Sonneratia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Sonneratia., retrieved 28 November 2023

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