The generic name has sometimes been spelt Aegialites[
This species is very similar to Aegialitis annulata, differing mainly in the larger flowers and also in its preferred habitat[
Aegialinites rotundifolius C.Presl
Aegialitis annulata Kurz
Aegialitis rotundifolia is an evergreen shrub growing 30 - 300cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild as a source of tannins for local use.
This species has a very restricted and patchy distribution compared to other species of mangroves within its range. Occasionally locally common, it is more usually considered rare when found, and has an estimated area of occupancy of less than 2,000 km². There is a continuing decline in the area and quality of habitat within its distribution due to extensive coastal development, extraction, and the clearing of mangrove areas for agriculture and aquaculture. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
E. Asia - coastal areas of eastern India, Myanmar, Thailand and the Andaman Islands.
Open mangrove swamps, especially in muddy places[
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The bark is a source of tannins[
]. It is used for preserving rope[
]. The bark contains around 11% tannin on a dry weight basis[
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