Rhizophoraceae

Rhizophoraceae

Rhizophora, from the Greek rhiza root and phoreo to bear, apparently a reference to the aerial roots. Trees or shrubs usually part of the mangrove community; stipules usually large and caducous, plants often viviparous; leaves opposite, simple. Perianth with distinct calyx and corolla, hypanthium usually present. Ovary superior to inferior; fruit usually fleshy and calyx usually persistent.