racemosa (L.) Gaertner f. in Gaertner
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Places where this species can be found :
- Levera National Park - GRENADA
DescriptionPneumatophores from mud around base of tree; tree to 15m; Lamina 3-8.5cm long; notched at apex. Two glands at top of petiole and throughout the leaf blade, at fork of veins near the margins. Flos in axillary spikes; fruit leathery with calyx at apex, 15m-20mm long.
InterestLaguncularia means 'small bottle' in LAtin, referring to the fruit. Bark was sometimes used for tanning medicine and medicinally.
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, C. Hughes
LocationNE tip of Grenada, immediately behind Levera beach, in mangroves around Levera Pond.
NotesSmall slender straggly tree to 4m ht. Outer bark vertically fissured with flakes peeling off in long strips. Slash, easily separated from sapwood, salmon pink to fawn, with a sweet sickly smell, like sugarcane. Leaves: petioles pink above with 2 glands two-thirds along petiole; very glandular along margin, the glands red-brown, very rubbery texture; upper surface - midrib sl. yellow, flattened; lower surface - with small scales, midrib yellow, translucent dots visible. (RHS colour code: Leaf upper =139A, below=146A)