RhizophoraceaeRed Mangrove family







Identification
  - Leaves opposite, entire or with sparse teeth.
  - Interpetiolar stipules.
  - Upwardly curved petioles.
  - Marginal vein distant from edge.

Diagnosis: Subcanopy forest trees with deciduous interpetiolar stipules, simple opposite leaves, either entire or with sparse inconpicuous teeth (especially on sucker leaves), short, upwardly curved or angled petioles, marginal vein distant from edge.

Local distribution: Wet forest and cloud forest.

Similar families
Malpighiaceae: free stipules, T-shaped hairs.
Myrtaceae: no stipules, with pellucid dots.
Rubiaceae: entire margin, straight petioles.

Diversity: Total: 1 genus, 1 species. Trees: 1 genus, 1 species.

Comments: Viewed with binoculars, it can be confused most easily with Myrtaceae.



Credits: Images and text copyright 2000-2007, William A. Haber, http://efg.cs.umb.edu/