Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea

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Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Scyphiphora
Species: S. hydrophyllacea
Binomial name
Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea

Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea a shrub that is about 3 m (10 ft) tall. It is often found in mangrove forests or sandy beaches.


Its leaves are opposite. The leaf blades are broad and drop-shaped. Its terminal buds and young leaves are coated with a varnish-like substance. The flowers are tubular and have four white lobes that are tinged in pink. They are arranged in dense clusters.

The fruits are elliptic and deeply ridged, becoming light brown and buoyant when ripe.

In Culture[edit]

Its dark brown wood can be used to craft small objects. Leaf extracts are known to be helpful for stomach aches.[citation needed] The flowers can be used as a cleansing or whitening laundry agent.

Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, derives its name from the nila because the shores of Manila Bay were once teeming with this shrub.[citation needed] The place was called "Maynila", which is Tagalog for "There is nila". The shrub's name in turn was probably derived from the Sanskrit word "nila" (नील), which means "indigo tree."


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