River Mangrove   
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River Mangrove
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: River Mangrove, Black Mangrove • Hindi: halsi • Kannada: kanjalaa, shuli, soole, sule • Konkani: Kamdlam • Malayalam: Pou-kandel, Narikkandal • Marathi: काजला Kajala, Kamdlam, Siri-kamdelo • Tamil: Narikandam, vittu-nakkandai • Telugu: dudumara, guggilam, guggilamu
Botanical name: Aegiceras corniculatum    Family: Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
Synonyms: Rhizophora corniculata

River Mangrove is one of the most common mangrove plants. These plants often grow together to form a thicket that can be up to 4 m tall. It has no obvious above-ground roots. The leaves are oval and about 7 cm long. There are glands on the leaves for secreting salt. The flowers are small, white, arranged in bunches and smell like rotten bananas. The propagules are up to 5 cm long, pencil thick, slightly curved and have a pointed tip. The end of the fruit that is attached to the tree has a spiral patterned cap. The fruits are green, ripening to red in the summer months. Found on river banks over a wide range of salinities. This mangrove hails from India to New Guinea and Australia.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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