A field guide to Kenyan mangroves
Ceriops tagal (Perr.) C.B. Robinson 1908
This mangrove tree grows from East Africa to the islands of the West-Central Pacific. In Kenya, Ceriops tagal occurs as a distinct zone, just landward of the Rhizophora mucronata zone. The trees in this zone exibit a certain degree of dwarf-growth, since their heights are usually not exceeding 4 meters. However, taller individuals (up to 8 meters) ocuur within the Rhizophora mucronata zone.
Flowers and fruit
Flowers are very small (<1 cm, usually 0.5 cm). Like all mangrove trees of the family Rhizophoraceae, Ceriops tagal is also viviparous. Propagules are slender and long, but can easily be recognized from the propagules of R. mucronata, which are fatter.
Tomlinson, P.B., 1986. The Botany of Mangroves. Cambridge University Press. Cambride Tropical Biology Series. 413 pp.
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