21 Nov '11, 7am

Ron's posts about the 3 species of Sonneratia mangroves found in Singapore

Ron's posts about the 3 species of Sonneratia mangroves found in Singapore

The Perepat (Sonneratia alba ) is a nationally common mangrove tree from the family Lythraceae. As with the other Sonneratia species it is also commonly called "Mangrove Apple". It is commonly found in most, if not all, the mangrove forests of Singapore. This is a pioneering species, usually found at the front of mangrove forest, preferring sandy substrates. The trunk is cream-coloured to brown, with fine fissures on the bark. The cable roots radiating from the tree underground arise at various intervals to form conical pneumatophores. These roots help the plant breathe air, which is scarce in the waterlogged soil. The roots spread over a wide area to help stabilise the tree on the unstable ground. Like other Sonneratia species, S. alba relies on its roots to exclude salt from entering the plant through a process called ultrafiltration. It has simple, opposite leaves that ...

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Ron's posts about the 3 species of Sonneratia mangroves found in Singapore

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) is a nationally critically endangered mangrove tree from the family Lythraceae. As with the other Sonneratia species it ...

Ron's posts about the 3 species of Sonneratia mangroves found in Singapore

Ron's posts about the 3 species of Sonneratia m...

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The Gedabu (Sonneratia ovata ) is a nationally critically endangered mangrove tree from the family Lythraceae. As with the...