Avicennia tomentosa Schauer
Avicennia schaueriana is an evergreen tree with a large, pyramidal crown; it can grow 3 - 20 metres tall. The bole can be 20 - 35cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its wood.
Mangrove area is declining globally due to a number of localized threats. The main threat is habitat destruction and removal of mangrove areas as coastal regions are developed for a range of human activities. This species is still quite common and so is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - coastal regions of Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil; Caribbean - coasts from Trinidad to Anguilla.
Coastal areas, often in marshy conditions and in sandy soils[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Requires a sunny position. Plants are very tolerant of salty soils[
]. Grows wild in saline marshes and in very sandy soils[
Young plants have a moderate rate of growth, able to reach a height of around 2 metres within 2 years from seed[
The wood is coarse-textured, regular-grained, moderately heavy, poor mechanical properties, not very durable and subject to attacks by insects. It is difficult to work and is only used for sawn boards to make general packing boxes[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a sunny position in individual containers. A germination rate of almost 100% can be expected, with the seed sprouting within a few days[
]. When the seedlings are about 20cm tall they should be ready to plant out[
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