A picture of a Api

Api

Avicennia spp.

Also known as

Mangrove Trees, Mangrove

TellaMadaCettu (Telugu- తెల్లమడచెట్టు) (537073284) by Dinesh Valke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Frequent watering

Flowering

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Avicennia officinalis fruit
A photo of Api
A photo of Api

Api Overview

Avicennia is a genus containing roughly 8 shrub or small tree species from the Acanthaceae family. They are known commonly as Mangrove, Mangrove Trees or Api in Malay, this translates to "fires" referencing the abundance of fireflies attracted to these plants. These plants grow in salty waters in the intertidal zone, including coastal and brackish water, which has less salt compared to seawater, but more than freshwater. Due to the wet environment, Mangroves have developed aerial roots in order to glean oxygen from habitats with waterlogged soils. Species in this genus are some of the most salt-tolerant Mangroves and early colonisers of sediment deposits. Small yellow or white, slightly fleshy, funnel-shaped flowers with 4 petals produce an abundance of nectar, thus these are good plants for pollinating insects.

Special features of Api

Attracts useful insects

Produce an abundance of nectar, good plants for pollinating insects.