Bignonia spathacea L.f.
Dolichandrone rheedii (Spreng.) Seem.
Common Name: Mangrove Trumpet Tree
Dolichandrone spathacea is an attractive, evergreen tree with intensely fragrant flowers, growing up to 20 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood.
E. Asia - Indian subcontinent through southeast Asia to Indonesia, Philippines and the Pacific Isles
Coastal and lowland swamp[
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Tolerates a wide range of soils[
]. Although its natural habitat is swamps, it can adapt to drier sites[
]. Succeeds in full sun and partial shade[
]. Plants are tolerant of salt-laden winds[
The showy and fragrant flowers are very short-lived, opening at dusk and falling off the tree at sunrise[
Young flowers - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
Young fruits - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
The leaves are used in the treatment of thrush[
The pale wood is durable, light in weight and easily worked[
]. It is used for small household goods, toys, floats and wooden shoes[
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