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PlantFiles: Looking-glass Mangrove, Sundarban Mangrove
Heritiera littoralis

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heritiera (her-ee-tee-ER-a) (Info)
Species: littoralis (lit-tor-AY-liss) (Info)

Category:
Trees

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Green
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Shiny/Glossy-Textured
Veined

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive IRFAN_LODHI On Jan 13, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Looking Glass Mangrove grows along the seashore in India, SE Asia and Tropical Africa. It is found in abundance in Sundarban, which probably got its name from this tree, locally known as Sundari.
The tip is pointed or blunt, the base is usually rounded, the upper surface smooth and shining, and the lower surface densely covered with small, round, pale or silvery-white scales. The flowers are numerous, yellowish-green, bell-shaped, about 5 mm long, usually 5-toothed and borne on hairy panicles 7-15 cm long. The fruit is hard and shining, woody, smooth, broadly boat-shaped, 4-8 cm long, and keeled.
The hard and strong timber is valued for masts, when it can be got straight enough. It is also used for canoes, firewood, house posts, joists, pressers, telegraph poles, wheel-hubs and boat-ribs.



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