aegiceras corniculatum is known as river mangrove in australia. this is one of the native mangroves in hong kong. it is an evergreen shrub.
last month when i visited the wetland park, the plant started budding. the radiating bud shape made a mark in my mind.
the day before i went to the park again and the plant is flowering.
the umbellate clusters of white flowers are pretty, and i just learnt from online information that they are good source of pollen for beekeepers.
one interesting point about mangroves is that they are viviparous. they produce seeds that germinate on the plant. this is a mechanism mangroves develop because of the particular, or harsh, habitat.
蠟燭果 river mangrove (aegiceras corniculatum) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms | (unranked): eudicots | (unranked): asterids | order: ericales | family: myrsinaceae (or primulaceae) 紫金牛科| genus: aegiceras蠟燭果屬| species: a. corniculatum種：蠟燭果 wiki
- department of agriculture, fisheries and forestry, queensland government
- mangroves are viviparous – once germinated, the seedling grows either within the fruit, or out through the fruitto form a propagule (a ready-to-go seedling) which can produce its own food via photosynthesis. the mature propagule then drops into the water, which can transport it great distances. propagules can remain dormant for over a year. once a propagule is ready to root, its density changes so the elongated shape now floats vertically rather than horizontally. in this position, it is more likely to lodge in the mud and root. if it does not root, it can alter its density and drift again in search of more favorable conditions. wiki