germinans (L.) L.
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Keywords in this picture :
- Tree (any size)
- Swamp forest
- Plant parts
- Aerial roots
- Species level terms
Places where this species can be found :
- Levera National Park - GRENADA
- Mt. Hartman Estate - GRENADA
DescriptionCorolla white with yellow eye.
InterestAvicennia was an 11th Century Arabian philosopher. In Africa, Aviceenia leaves and roots are used as a source of salt (better than other mangroves). The bark is rich in tannin and is also used as a red dye or to cure skin diseases. (Dalziel, 1948)
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, C. Hughes
LocationMangroves immediately inland from Levera Beach towards Levera Pond about 2km N of the National Park Visitor Centre.
NotesMedium-sized tree to 12m ht. with a few stubby stilt roots from 0.5m ht. surrounded by sparse stands of short 10cm tall air roots. Outer bark dark blackish-brown, like dried mud. Slash custard yellow, corky, darkening quickly on exposure. Leaves: youngest leaves are white hairy, but soon become completely glabrous; upper surface - glossy, midrib yellower than lamina, flat, tertiary venation not visible; lower surface - laterals visible, glossy on older leaves with tertiary venation visible, younger leaves very few tertiary veins visible. Abundant in mixed stands with Conocarpus and Laguncularia, on slightly drier ground than nearby Rhizophora. (RHS colour code: Leaf upper =143A, below=143B/147C)