Wrinkled Pod Mangrove
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Wrinkled Pod Mangrove
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Wrinkled Pod Mangrove • Kannada: ಕನಕ Kanaka • Malayalam: iripa, irippa • Sanskrit: madhuka
Botanical name: Cynometra iripa    Family: Caesalpiniaceae (Gulmohar family)

Wrinkled Pod Mangrove is a tree up to 8 m tall, with fluted trunk and bark smooth, thin, grey. Leaves are uni-or bijugate. Leaves are compound, alternately arranged, paripinnate with 2 pairs of leaflets, upper pair larger than lower. Leaflets are obliquely oblong to obovate-oblong, tip blunt or retuse, base asymmetrically acute, 6-9 x 2-4 cm, hairless, shining on both surfaces. Flowers are small, zygomorphic, bisexual, white but turning brown. Sepals are 4-5, petals 5, free. Stamens are 10, with filaments slender, ovary inserted, asymmetrically elliptical, style slender, stigma capitate. Fruits are ellipsoid, compressed, 3-2 cm, full of wrinkles, with lateral beak extending to about 6 mm long, 1 seeded. Wrinkled Pod Mangrove is found as a back mangrove in coastal forests of Sri Lanka , India , Malaysia, and northeastern Australia.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Achara, Malvan, Maharashtra.

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