Heritiera littoralis Aiton

  • Family (As per The Plant List) : Malvaceae
  • Species : Heritiera littoralis
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Heritiera littoralis Aiton
  • Common name : Looking Glass Tree
  • Vernacular name : Kannadi yele mara (Kan.)
  • Key identification features : A medium-sized mangrove and littoral tree attaining the height of up to 30 m. Leaves are large (up to 30 cm. long), dark green, silvery-white beneath. Flowers are small and green. The fruits are about 7 cm. long. Bark is whitish-grey, cracked, shaggy in appearance.
  • Habit : Tree
  • Native : Old World Tropics
  • Comments : Fruits have a prominent ridge or keel on one side. When the seed is floating, this keel acts as a sail, probably aiding dispersal.
  • Conservation Status : Least Concern (LC)
  • Distribution Locality : Bangalore, Uttara Kannada
  • Floras referred : Saldanha, 1984


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