Taxonomy

Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Equisetopsida
Order : Malpighiales
Genus : Bruguiera
Species : gymnorhiza
Author : (L.) Lamk.

Description

Medium height, 30 m tall tree, much densely spreading branches. Branches and stems marked with leaf-scars and stipules.
Short or shallow buttressed like aerial roots, thickened trunk base.
Leaves opposite decussate, simple, cauline, exstipulate, petiolate,elliptic oblong, acute apex, or bluntly pointed, coriaceous 8 - 22 cm long and 5.0 - 7.5 cm broad, dark green
Flowers solitary axillary, calyx deep orange red/yellow, ribbed, campanulate, large (3 - 4 cm)
Calyx tip acute, 11 - 13 numbers
Petals 1.2 - 1.6 cm long. tips acute.
Fruit capsule, pendulous with persistent calyx; seed one, fruit falls on the ground along with the seedling
Hypocotyle upto 25 cm long, blunt apically, slightly angular, blackish dark green, vertical narrow ridges, showy with distinct persistent reddish calyx.