Avicennia germinans (L.) L.

Black Mangrove


Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Avicennia

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Size: To 50' tall, often much shorter

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

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

History: 

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.


Sources of Information

© 2010-12 Lisa J. Miner