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Kabantigi


Category: Philippine Endangered Species
Date Posted: 2006-01-05


Scientific Name: Pemphis acidula Forst.

Family: Lythraceae

Local Name: Kabantigi

Description: Grows up to 5m high. The trunk and branches develop stunted, crooked, or twisted formations. The leaves grow on opposite sides of the stem. The leaf is 2 to 4 times as long as it is broad, and has a smooth, undivided outline. Flowers are solitary and have pure white petals. The fruit changes from red to brown. Seeds are many and angular in shape.

Habitat: Found on sandy and rocky beaches or limestone rocks, sometimes associated with mangrove species.

Conservation Status: Threatened

Threats: Over-collection as bonsai or rock garden plants.


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