mangroves | coastal plants
Photo index of mangrove and seashore plants on Singapore shores
seashore creepers
growing near the high water mark

Gelang laut
Sesuvium portulacastrum

Beach morning glory
Ipomoea pes-caprae

Sea bean
Canavalia maritima

Poisonous sea bean
Canavalia cathartica
Stem thick, long (to 1m). Leaves narrow fleshy flat (2.5-7cm). Flowers tiny and pale pink. Fruit a smooth, round capsule. Sometimes seen on our wild shores. Stems thin, creeping over sand. Leaves thick, in varying shapes and sizes (3-10cm). Flowers large (3-5cm) usually pink, reddish purple or violet. Fruit ripens to a small round capsule. Sometimes seen on our shores. Stems thin, long (2-10m) creeping over other coastal plants. Leaves with three fleshy, oval leaflets (3-15cm). Flowers reddish-violet with a white streak down the middle. Fruits bean-like pods, straight or faintly curved (6-15cm). Sometimes seen on our shores. Twinning climber. Leaf with three thin leaflets. Flowers rose-pink to dark purple. Fruits bean-like pods, with 3 strong keels (4-6cm long) with poisonous beans. Sometimes seen on our shores.
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photo index of
plants on this site
all plants

mangrove & seashore plants
climbers, vines
palms, pandans

mangrove & seashore

thick/leathery leaves
thin leaves


type of leaves
small simple
large simple
compound, others

mangrove trees
small oval fruits and pneumatophores

long cylindrical fruits
with knee roots
with buttressed roots
with stilt roots

large round fruits

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