Dolichandrone spathacea   (Linn. f.) K. Schum.  (Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Magnoliopsida

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Trees, up to 20 m tall, stem about 30 cm in diameter at base, fluted, bark white or grey, wood soft. Leaves imparipinnate, leaf­lets 5-9, acuminate-rhomboid, 5-15 x 4-6 cm, thin, glabrous above, hairy below, caudate-acuminate at apex, unequal sided at base. Flow­ers in terminal racemes of 3-6 large, 10-16 cm wide, white, salver-shaped; calyx conical, beaked, spathaceous, corolla 5-lobed; stamens included in the corolla tube; style exerted. Fruits 30-60 cm long, straight or twisted, capsule with flattened pseudoseptum ; seeds grey, rectangular, in many rows, with corky wings.

Flowering and fruiting from April-August, November-March (West Bengal), May-October(Orissa).
Its flowers open during night and usually fall off at sun­ rise.

The species is rather sporadic and confined to elevated central areas in mangrove forests. It is usually associated with Cerbera manghas, Sonneratia caseolaris and Heritiera fomes, which prefer areas inundated more with riverine water.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Gouru Singha (Bengali)
• Nir Pongiliun (Malayalam)
• Vilpadri (Tamil)
• Gorshingiah
• Gosinga
• Nirpongiliun
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial, Ecosystem balance
(The wood is used for charcoal making. Its wood being soft can be used for making match-sticks and toys. Fibre can be obtained from the stem bark and seeds are antiseptic and also beneficial in the treatment of spasmodic effects.
The species can be grown along river banks and coastal areas to check erosion.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• West Coast, Malabar INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Delta INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Banerjee, LK; Sastry, RK and Nayar MP (1989) Mangroves in India: Identification manual Botanical survey of India, Calcutta, India Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
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  • Debnath, HS (2004) Mangroves of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Taxonomy and ecology Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rajendra N and Sanjeevi SB (2004) Flowering plants and fern in mangrove ecosystems of India: An identification manual ENVIS centre, Annamalai University, Parangipettai, Tamil Nadu, India. 110 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Veenakumari, K and Prashanth, M (2009) A note on the entomofauna of mangrove associates in the Andaman Islands (Indian Ocean: India) Journal of Natural History Taylor and Francis Ltd 43 807-823 Available at -
  • Kumar, VS (2005) An overview of mangroves in Andamans and its significance in maintenance of natural ecosystem Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 200-212 Available at -
  • Banerjee, LK and Roa, TA (2001) Flora of the Mahanadi Delta, Orissa Botanical Survey of India 1-307 Available at - NIO,Goa

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