Large-leafed Mangrove: Bruguiera gymnorhiza
Local Name: Dogo
• This species of black mangrove grows from 4-15m in height.
• Supported by knee/elbow roots which rise up around the main trunk then curve straight back into the soil.
• Leaves are long, slim and hairless coming to a point without a spike.
• Flowers are white before fading to a brown.
• Seeds are short and fat, usually dark green or brown all over. Germinates on the tree and is shed once mature.
Flowering and Fruiting: occurs throughout the year.
Uses: Timber is used for building and firewood whilst the bark is used to concoct dyes and medicine.
Habitat: only at sea level along mangrove swamps.
Distribution: It is one of the most widely distributed trees in the tropics ranging from Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and throughout the small and large Pacific islands including Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.