Range Description: This species is widespread and found in Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, China, Taiwan, India (including Nicobar and Andaman Islands). Ceriops tagal is a shrub or small tree with compact crown. It usually grows up to 6 m. Bark flecking, light grey, smooth with buttress roots and thin breathing roots. Tengar Ceriops tagal. Family Rhizophoraceae Eastern Africa to Southeast Asia, Australia, Melanesia. Locally present in northern sites. Shrub or rarely tree, to 7.

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List Bruguiera arnottiana Wight tagao Arn. This species is highly prized for fuelwood in many parts of its range, where it is considered second only to species of Rhizophora in the mangrove swamps.

Ceriops tagal

Leaf stalk usually not pinkish. If not, the seed is carried away by the tides, and then at low tide, the seed is inserted in the mud further away from the mother plant, to germinate.

When the fruit has matured, the seed drops and sticks in the mud and so germination takes place. It is also used to dye mats. This tree with rather plasticky thick rounded-tipped leaves is sometimes seen in our mangroves. The complete field guide to trees of Natal, Ceriope and Transkei. Human Uses The trunk is used in house building and for fuel, bark for tanning and the fruits are sometimes eaten.


The radiating anchor roots are sometimes exposed and may loop up in places.

If you wish to contribute any images, documents, videos or other forms of media, or if you have any queries…. Brown at first, they change colour as they mature and the hypocotyl emerges. The bark was also used for tanning and toughening fishing lines.

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Pulau Semakau, Jan 09 Propagules hang down. Calyx thick with lobes. The bark was one of the chief dyes in Malaya and the batik industry, producing shades of purple, brown and black.

Growing on a sea wall. According to Burkill, it is highly valued as firewood as well as timber and it is “exploited so much that well-grown trees are rare”. The mangrove does not thrive in anaerobic mud banks, but does well in aerobic mud. Login to add your Comment Not registered yet?

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Ceriops tagal spurred mangrove[3] Indian mangroveAfrikaans: Externally it is used in lotions to treat malignant ulcers and abdominal ailments. Ceriops mossambicensis Klotzsch Ceriops pauciflora Benth. Tree grows to about 20m tall, but in Singapore they are much shorter and often just bushes.

Ceriops tagal In Mozambique Conservation status. The flowers are borne singly in the leaf axils; each has a long stalk and a short calyx tube, and parts in fives or sixes.

Flowers small, many one one stalk. Indiese wortelboomZulu: Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map. Introduction A compact branched tree or shrub with a distinctive root growth, fascinating growth habit and seeds, occurring in the tidal estuaries, lagoons and swamps, as a member of mangrove forest. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Want to share your sightings? Branches are large, thick and almost fleshy, and marked with scars.