Carallia brachiata (Freshwater Mangrove)

$15.00

Impressive ornamental freshwater shade tree with masses of small red edible fruit.

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Description

Stem

Oak grain in the wood and a corresponding pattern in the inner blaze. Bark pale and corky, particularly at the base of the stem.

Leaves

Stipules sheathing the terminal bud, each stipule 10-15 mm long, gradually tapering to a point. Oak grain in the twigs. Leaf blades about 6-12 x 3.5-7 cm. Scattered dark glands visible with a lens on the underside of the leaf blade if not visible to the naked eye. Lateral veins forming loops (often a double series of loops) inside the blade margin.

Flowers

Flowers about 3-4 mm long, sessile or very shortly stalked, each flower subtended by two bracteoles. Usually seven calyx lobes and seven petals about 1.5-2 mm long. Stamens usually 14.

Fruit

Fruits globular or depressed globular, about 8-9 mm diam. Calyx lobes persistent at the apexSeed and embryo +/- horseshoe-shaped in longitudinal section.

Seedlings

Cotyledons longer than wide, about 15-20 x 10-13 mm, margins inconspicuously toothed, lateral veins forming a double series of loops inside the margin. Stipules small and inconspicuous, less than 1 mm long. Hypocotyl slightly winged just below the cotyledons. First pair of leaves with regularly toothed margins. At the tenth leaf stage: midrib raised on the upper surface of the leaf blades and lateral veins forming loops inside the blade margin. Stipules interpetiolar, triangular, about 5-7 mm long. Seed germination time 37 to 54 days.

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