A field guide to Kenyan
Heritiera littoralis Dryand.
Heritiera littoralis occurs from East Africa to Melanesia. In Kenya,
individual trees occur sporadically on the terrestrial edge of the mangroves
and do not form distinct zones. In Gazi, they are up to 8 m in height
Leaves of Heritiera littoralis are dark green on top and very white
to silvery underneath, caused by the presence of epidermal scales. Leaves
are large, typically 20 by 8cm.
Butresses on stem can develop into plank roots, but these are rarely well-developed
on the trees in Kenya.
Fruits of H. littoralis can be recognized as an elliptical woody
seed of about 6 cm long and 4 cm wide. Very characteristic is the "keel"
on the seed.
Tomlinson, P.B., 1986. The
Botany of Mangroves. Cambridge University Press. Cambride Tropical Biology
Series. 413 pp.
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Created 28 August 2001
Updated June 24, 2016