Taxonomy

Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Equisetopsida
Order : Malpighiales
Genus : Ceriops
Species : decandra
Author : (Griff.) Ding Hou

Description

Glabrous shrubs or small trees, 2-4 m tall; bark light grey, peeling off into thin flakes; stem base pyramidal with many stilt roots. Leaves 4-10 x 2-6 cm, elliptic-oblong or obovate, emarginated at apex, cuneate at base. Flowers 3-4 mm across, white in axillary condensed cymes; calyx 5-6 merous, each 3-4 mm long; petals 5-6, each 2.5 mm long apex tipped with many ciliae. Hypocotyle 10-12 cm long, angular, sulcate. Fruits ovoid, conical.
Flowering and fruiting almost throughout the year (Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka), February-September (West Bengal), February-November (Orissa), January-September (Tamil Nadu).
Ceriops decandra is distinguished from Ceriops tagal by its shrubby form, petals fringed with many ciliae and anther lobes than the filaments, shorter hypocotyl with ridges, tending to face upward.