Powderpuff Tree Overview
Genus containing roughly 64 tree species commonly known as mangroves. These grow in salty coastal waters and have evolved aerial roots in order to glean oxygen from habitats with waterlogged soils. These plants can tolerate dryer conditions but will not survive even mild frosts, doing best in humid, moist conditions. They can be found in coastal areas of Africa, Southern Asia, Australia and numerous Pacific and Indian Oceanic islands. Foliage is alternately arranged and tends to be bunched at the tips of branches, this is large and oval in shape. Fluffy flowers are arranged on unbranched stems, these are showy and scented, with small yellow-white petals that reflex backwards, revealing many long, white, often pink tipped stamens, resembling bottle brushes. These develop into fleshy, guava-like fruits which contain 1 seed each. These are adapted for water dispersal, with fibrous, spongy flesh providing buoyancy to the enclosed seed, allowing the fruit to be transported by tidal action.