Thespesia populneoides   (Roxb.) Kostel.  (Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Magnoliopsida

Size: 3-6m tall

young twigs covered with bronze-coloured lepidotes. Leaves deltoid to cordate or subcordate with shallow sinus at base, acuminate or caudate at apex; petioles 5-6 com long; stipulesearly caducous. Capsule dehiscent, exocarp separated from endocarp by a fibrous, spongy mesocarp. Flowers 3-5cm across,yellow, red in centre, axillary, solitary on a stout pedicels; pedicels 5-7 cm long, recurved in fruits. Seed 6-8 mm across, ovoid with clavate hair along angles.

Flowering and fruiting throughout the year (West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh).

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Paras
• Ganguravi
Economic Importance and Threats
(Flowers and fruits produce some yellow dye and seed oil with illuminant properties. Root extract is used as tonic and bark as astringent. All parts of plant is used for healing skin diseases.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Producer


• West Bengal INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Delta INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at -
  • Kathiresan, K and Rajendran, N (2005) Grow mangroves for protecting coral reefs! Proceedings of the National Seminar on Reef Ecosystem Remediation SDMRI Special Research Publication No.9 41-48 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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