Brownlowia tersa   (Linn.) Kosterm.  (Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Magnoliopsida

Shrubs, 2-3 m tall much branched; young twigs brown-scaly. Leaves 10-15 x 3-4 cm, lanceolate, densely dull silvery-scaly underneath, acuminate at apex, rounded at base. Flowers 3-4 mm across, flesh-colored, in axillary or terminal cymes; calyx 4-5 lobed, connate below; petals 5, free; stamens many, alternating with 5 petaloid staminodes opposite the petals. Fruits 1-1.5 cm across, pyriform, woody with a line separating the 2 valved carpels, brown scaly.

Flowering and fruiting from May- September, June-September (West Bengal), April- September (Orissa).

Brownlowia tersa is readily recognized in the field from its brown-scaly twigs, lanceolate leaves with dull silvery under surface and pear-shaped, 2 valved carpels (fruits). It often grows along the banks in stands and remains submerged nearly to half during high tide, withstanding the tidal surge by its intricate root system.

Synonym (s)
Brownlowia lanceolata Benth.
Glabraria tersa Linn.

Common Name (s)
• Bola Sundari (Bengali)
• Kedar Sundari (Bengali)
• Pani Sundari (Oriya)
• Lata
• Lati Sundari
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(The wood is used for fuel and fruits are considered medicinal.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Dhamra Estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarban Mangrove Forest INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika Mangrove Forest INDIA
• Irrawaddy Delta MYANMAR
• Orissa, Mahanadi Delta INDIA
• Orissa, False Point INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika INDIA
• Orissa, Bhitarkanika National Park INDIA
• Orissa, Dangmal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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