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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Tetrameristaceae
Genus: Pelliciera
Planch. & Triana
P. rhizophorae
Binomial name
Pelliciera rhizophorae

Pelliciera rhizophorae, known as the tea mangrove, is a less-common species of mangroves found along the Pacific coast from the Gulf of Nicoya in Costa Rica to the Esmeraldas River in Ecuador, as well as within stands located in Nicaragua, Panama, and Colombia.[1] During eras such as the Cenozoic, the species was prevalent. The mangrove hummingbirds of Costa Rica live off the relatively large quantity of nectar produced by its prolific blooms.[2] Pelliciera rhizophorae is the only species in the genus Pelliciera which was previously recognized as the only genus in the family Pellicieraceae, but is now included in the family Tetrameristaceae.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Pelliciera rhizophorae - Tea Mangrove". Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  2. ^ "Identification - Mangrove Hummingbird (Amazilia boucardi) - Neotropical Birds". Archived from the original on 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2015-04-10. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Takhtadzhi͡an, A.L. (1997). Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants. Columbia University Press. p. 165. ISBN 9780231100984. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  4. ^ Cronquist, A. (1981). An Integrated System of Classification of Flowering Plants. Columbia University Press. p. 330. ISBN 9780231038805. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  5. ^ "Pelliciera rhizophorae". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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