Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Flowering plants
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Aegiceras corniculatum
Family Myrsinaceae

From India to New Guinea and Australia. Locally, in various northern sites and Pulau Unum. Small shrubby tree, to about 5 m tall, but usually up to only 1-2 m tall in Singapore.
wide shot of whole tree
Habit of
Aegiceras corniculatum

close-up of open flower
Flowering branch of
Aegiceras corniculatum
close-up of fruiting branch
Fruits of
Aegiceras corniculatum

close-up of stage in cryptovivipary
Cryptovivipary in
Aegiceras corniculatum
Leaf blades shiny dark green, leathery, inverted egg-shaped; flowers 15-20 per inflorescence, white, in ball-like clusters. Capsules light green to pink, like curved bean pods (Malay kacang, bean).
Exposed areas especially forest fringes.Used for timber, bark used as fish-poison, flowers are worn by women for their fragrance and leaves are eaten in the Moluccas. Endangered.

See also salt secretion and cryptovivipary as an adaptation to the mangroves.
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre