Avicennia germinans (L.) L.

Black Mangrove

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Avicennia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Size: To 50' tall, often much shorter

Exposure: Sun


Leaves opposite, leathery to 5" long, dark green above, silvery below. White flowers in summer in clusters. Forms dense thickets. Requires moist soil.


Native to Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas.

Published in [SPP3 Sp. Pl., ed. 3] 2: 891 in 1764.

Basionym Bontia germinans L.

Description and drawing in Catesby's Natural History Volume I plate 85.

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