white mangrove Combretaceae Laguncularia racemosa
Leaf:Opposite, simple, elliptical, 1 1/2 to 3 inches long, evergreen, thickened, yellow green above and below, petiole often reddish with salt excreting glands at the base of leaf blade.
Flower:Small, pale green occurring on a slender spike from the leaf axils.
Fruit:Initially light green, resemble an elongated, ribbed vase, 1/2 inch long, occur in branched clusters.
Twig:Moderate in texture and light reddish brown; naked buds.
Bark:Long narrow interlacing flat, scaly, gray ridges; furrows reddish brown.
Form:Low sprawling trees to 50 feet, crooked trunk common, round crown. It forms dense thickets and may develop aerial roots if grown flooded.