Taxonomy

Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Equisetopsida
Order : Malpighiales
Genus : Ceriops
Species : tagal
Author : (Perr.) C. B. Robinson, 1908

Description

Small trees up to 6 m tall, much branched, stem base pyramidal in outline buttressed and with stilt roots. Leaves 6-12 x 3-6 cm, ovate-oblong or obovate, leathery, emarginated or rounded at apex, cuneate at base. Flowers 5-7 mm across, white, resinous, in upper axillary condensed cymes; calyx 5 lobed, lobes linear, petals 5, each 3-3.5 mm long with 3 clavate appendages at the tip and uncinate hairs at base; stamens 10 alternately long and short. Fruit slightly conical. Hypocotyle 20-25 cm long, gradually thickening towards the pointed apex, deeply grooved and ribbed, reddish-brown.
Flowering and fruiting during March-August, April-September (West Bengal), February-October (Orissa), throughout the year (Goa), September-June(Maharashtra).
This species can be distinguished from Ceriops decandra by its longer hypocotyles with ridges tending to face downwards.