Class: Eudicots. Order: Malpighiales. Family: Rhizophoraceae. Genus: Bruguiera . Species: B. cylindrica. Common Names: Bakau Putih. Status: Native, Common. Bakau putih. Bruguiera cylindrica. Family Rhizophoraceae Southeast Asia to Australia. Locally, in various sites. Tree up to 20 m tall with buttresses and kneed . Bruguiera cylindrica is an evergreen shrub or a tree that can grow up to 23 metres tall, though it is usually rather smaller. The bole can be up to 20 – 30cm in .

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Bark greyish with small corky bumps lenticels. Fishermen do not like to use the wood for fish-traps as they say it has a peculiar smell that frightens fishes away.

There are a large number of marine invertebrates associated with mangolds including spongesascidiansmolluscsshrimps and crabs and also a number of fish and birds.

Native, Naturalised and Cultivated Species.

Bruguiera cylindrica

Cylinrdica develops on the parent plant: Roots showing kneed pneumatophores loops protruding out of the sand Kneed roots of Bruguiera cylindrica Bruguiera parviflora branch left differs in being more delicate and flowers are smaller and more elongated than Bruguiera cylindrica. Mangrove and wetland wildlife at Sungei Buloh Nature Park. Email us at dbsthh nus. Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map. Young radicles may be eaten as a vegetable or preserve after boiling. The aerial roots or pneumatophores project from the soil in knee-shaped loops and have many lenticels which allow air into the interconnecting roots while excluding water.


According to Giersen, the timber is heavy and reddish.

Bruguiera cylindrica – Useful Tropical Plants

When probed at the base, the petal unzips to scatter a cloud of pollen over the head of the visiting insect. The apical leaf in the bud is covered with a 3 cm long stipule that drops off as the former develops.

The petals of the flower hold loose pollen and are under tension. According to Burkill, the propagules are occasionally eaten after boiling, and according to Giersen eaten with sugar and coconut. Related People Jean Yong.

Want to share your sightings? Yong and Yuen- Po Yang. World Register of Marine Species. The crushed bark has an unusual odour which is repulsive to fish and this wood is not therefore used for fish traps.

The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity. The roots lower part absorb water and become heavier and after a few weeks the propagules float vertically and are ready cylincrica root into the substrate. The seed does not detach itself from the flower stalk but germinates where it is and is known as a propagule. Leaves are simple, elliptic, x cm, opposite and a petiole that bruguierra often reddish.

If you wish to contribute any images, documents, videos or other forms of media, or if you have any queries…. Leaves eye-shaped cm long stiff leathery glossy, arranged opposite one another. The petals turn brown rapidly. Flowers per leaf angle, sepals light green and sticking out at right angles to the fruit; seed germinates in fruit, their hypocotyl brruguiera to 15 cm long, like a green or purplish cigarette and often slighly curved.


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The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Mangrove swamps are habitats with great biodiversity. They have 8 long green sepals and 8 smaller, greenish-white petals with several little bristles on the tip. Tassels on petal tips.

The Digital Nature Archive of Singapore is built up by the help of various people: Used as firewood and timber. Photos Bakau putih for free download from wildsingapore flickr. Calyx cup-shaped pale greenish or white with 8 stout, long lobes. Sapling Flowers Fruiting branch Close up of sepals. The flowers are in small bunches of in the axils of the leaves. It is commonly used as fuel and in charcoal production.

Locally, in various sites. Views Read Edit View history. According to the NParks Flora and Fauna website, the tree is the preferred local food plant for caterpillars of the moth Olene mendosa.

The wood is used in construction, piles, telegraph poles, railway sleepers, fish stakes, tool handles, scaffolding, etc.