Cynometra iripa (Wrinkle Pod Mangrove) (Fabaceae)

Cynometra iripa

Cynometra iripa

This is an unmistakable tree, particularly once the pods are seen. Having the look of wrinkled ears, they are not easily forgotten. The leaves are even pinnate and the leaflets are somewhat rhomboid and assymetrical. Other mangroves like Xylocarpus spp. have pinnate leaves as well but these species have much more regular and larger elliptic leaves. The flowers are small and white and are of the Caesalpinoid form (ie like those of the Tamarind).

The habitat context of the Wrinkle Pod mangrove is also unmistakable. This species is a small tree that grows in mangroves, usually under the shade of other mangrove trees and where there is freshwater input. These photos were taken at the Marrdja botanical walk at Cape Tribulation where I believe a freshwater creek feeds out into the mangrove area.

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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One Response to Cynometra iripa (Wrinkle Pod Mangrove) (Fabaceae)

  1. I want to know more about this Cynometra iripa mangrove.I would like to know about detailed habit of this plant.

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