| Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea|
Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea - common names: "chengam" (Singapore); "nilad" (Filipino) - is a shrub that is about 3 meters tall. It is often found in mangrove forests or sandy beaches. Its leaves are opposite. The leaf blades are broad and drop-shaped. Its terminal buds and young leaves are coated with a varnish-like substance. The flowers have four white lobes that are tinged in pink. They are arranged in dense clusters.
The fruits are elliptic and deeply ridged, becoming light brown and buoyant when ripe.
Its dark brown wood can be used to craft small objects. Leaf extracts are known to be helpful for stomach aches. The flowers can be used as a cleansing or whitening laundry agent.
- Mangroves and Community Aquaculture
- Primavera, J . H., 1995. Mangroves and brackishwater pond culture in the Philippines. Hydrobiologia 295 : 303-309.
- Mangrove flora: Chengam (Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea)