Sonneratia caseolaris

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Sonneratia caseolaris
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Bud of Mangrove Apple
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Sonneratia
Species: S. caseolaris
Binomial name
Sonneratia caseolaris
(L.) Engl.
Synonyms

Sonneratia acida L.
Rhizophora caseolaris L.

Sonneratia caseolaris, also known as Mangrove Apple or Crabapple Mangrove (Thai: ลำพู), is a species of plant in the Lythraceae family.

This tree is a type of mangrove growing up to 20 m in height and with a trunk reaching a maximum diameter of 50 cm. It is present in tropical tidal mud flats from Africa to Indonesia, southwards down to Northeast Australia and New Caledonia and northwards up to Hainan Island in China and the Philippines.

The fruit of this tree is the subject of a legend of Maldivian folklore, Kulhlhavah Falhu Rani.[1]

Uses[edit]

The leaves and the fruit are edible and appreciated as food in certain areas, such as Maldives.[2]

The tree is also sometimes known as Cork tree, because fishermen in some areas make fishing net floats by shaping the pneumatophores into small floats.[3]

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