SA Tree No: View other plants in this family QR code link View other plants in this genus Introduction A compact branched tree or shrub with a distinctive root growth, fascinating growth habit and seeds, occurring in the tidal estuaries, lagoons and swamps, as a member of mangrove forest. Ceriops tagal is a shrub or small tree with compact crown. It usually grows up to 6 m. Bark flecking, light grey, smooth with buttress roots and thin breathing roots. Branches are large, thick and almost fleshy, and marked with scars. Leaves are large, opposite and at right angles to the next pair, thickly leathery to almost fleshy, yellowish green, with rounded tip; midrib prominent below; margin entire, sometimes wavy.
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Ceriops tagal , commonly known as spurred mangrove  or Indian mangrove , is a mangrove tree species in the family Rhizophoraceae.
It is a protected tree in South Africa. The growth habit is columnar or multi-stemmed and the tree develops large buttress roots. The radiating anchor roots are sometimes exposed and may loop up in places. The bark is silvery-grey to orangeish-brown, smooth with occasional pustular lenticels. The flowers are borne singly in the leaf axils; each has a long stalk and a short calyx tube, and parts in fives or sixes. The paired stamens are enclosed in the petals which open explosively when disturbed.
Brown at first, they change colour as they mature and the hypocotyl emerges. The durable wood is used in house construction. It is also used in the manufacture of charcoal,  and is favoured as firewood, being second only to Rhizophora spp. In the Philippines , the extracts barok from the dried bark marka tungog or tangal are used as bittering and fermenting agents for the traditional bahalina palm wines , giving them a deep brown-orange color and a bitter tangy aftertaste.
It is also used to tan and dye leather. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ceriops tagal In Mozambique Conservation status. Retrieved 30 June The Plant List.
In Soepadmo, E. Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak. Forest Research Institute Malaysia. Archived from the original PDF on 27 September Philippine Food Illustrated. Retrieved 21 April Taxon identifiers. Hidden categories: Cite iucn maint Articles with 'species' microformats Articles containing Filipino-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from April Taxonbars with automatically added basionyms Taxonbars with 20—24 taxon IDs.
Ceriops lucida Miq. Ceriops mossambicensis Klotzsch Ceriops pauciflora Benth. Ceriops somalensis Chiov. Ceriops timoriensis Domin Ceriops timoriensis DC.
Growing on a sea wall. Pulau Hantu, Apr Pulau Semakau, Jan Flowers small, many one one stalk. Pulau Ubin, Jan
Ceriops tagal Perr. It is not known where Ceriops tagal originated but it is now widespread and common on coasts from eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands to the Indian subcontinent and from there through tropical Asia to Australia and the Pacific. The stem bark of Ceriops tagal is used for dyeing and tanning in eastern Africa and Asia. In fishing communities nets and sails are treated with a bark extract to preserve them from decay. In Africa Ceriops tagal provides poles and planks for house building, small planks for boat building including paddles and oars, and fishing stakes.
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