Taxonomy

Kingdom : Plantae
Phylum : Magnoliophyta
Class : Equisetopsida
Order : Myrtales
Genus : Sonneratia
Species : alba
Author : J. E. Smith, 1816

Description

Small trees up to 5 m tall, much branched, pneumatophores many, corky. Leaves glabrous, coriaceous, 5-7.5 x 4-6 cm, elliptic, oblong or suborbicular, obtuse at apex, narrowed to a short petiole at base; petiole 3-6 mm long. Flowers 3-5 cm across, white; calyx-tube cup shaped, 6-8 lobed, lobes obscure in flower, distinct in fruit, petals white, small, ovary depressed globose; style up to 4 cm long, stigma capitate. Fruit 3 cm in diameter, obconical with persistent calyx and pointed style.
Flowering and fruiting during April-September, throughout the year (Orissa, Goa), February-October (Andhra Pradesh), February-May (Kerala), March-December (Karnataka), March-January (Maharashtra).
The species closely resembles Sonneratia caseolaris, but is distinguished from its ribbed calyx with obconical base.