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:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sonneratia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sonneratia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sonneratia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sonneratia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sonneratia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Sonneratia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2207, retrieved 8 August 2020

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