Sweet-Scented Apple Mangrove
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Sweet-Scented Apple Mangrove
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Sweet-Scented Apple Mangrove • Bengali: সাদাচক কেওড়া sadachak keora • Kannada: ಕರ್ಪು karpu • Konkani: पांढरी चीपी pandhari chipi • Malayalam: ചക്കരക്കണ്ടല്‍ chakkara-kantal • Marathi: कर्पु karpu • Oriya: ଓରୁଅ orua Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Sonneratia alba    Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle family)

Sweet-Scented Apple Mangrove is a tree, 3-15 m tall, spreading, with broad, rather lax crown. Aerial roots are 30 cm, thick, blunt. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-1.5 cm. Leaves are pale, elliptic to ovate or obovate, 5-11 × 4-8 cm, base rounded, tip broad, rounded, with broad recurved mucro. Flowers are 5-8-merous. Flower tube is shiny, 3-3.5 cm at anthesis, smooth, often 6-ribbed. Sepals are strongly tinged red, 1.3-2 cm, erect at anthesis, recurved in fruit. Petals are white, linear, 1.3-2 cm × about 1 mm, or variably semipetalous to absent. Stamem filaments are white. Fruit is 2-4.5 cm in diameter, about equal to width of floral tube.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Maharashtra.

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