Combretaceae  R. Br., 1810, nom. cons.

pronounced: kom-bree-TAY-see-eye

the false almond family

Combretum sea almondswas the name the Romans gave to a kind of rush, not a member of this family. Combretaceae consists of trees, shrubs and lianas, some of which grow in mangrove habitats. Their simple and entire leaves are without stipules, or sometimes with small stipules. Domatia and glands are often present. The flowers are usually bisexual and radially symmetrical. The nectary is usually a disk (often hairy) above the ovary. The fruit is one-seeded, often a flattened, ribbed or winged drupe.


Combretum indicum - Chinese Honeysuckle

Combretum microphyllum - Flame Creeper

Combretum paniculatum ssp. microphyllum (syn.) - Flame Creeper

Lumnizera racemosa - White-flowered Black Mangrove

Myrobalanus muelleri (syn.) - Mueller's Damson

Quisqualis indica (syn.) - Chinese Honeysuckle

Terminalia arenicola - Brown Damson

Terminalia catappa - Beach Almond

Terminalia melanocarpa - Black Damson

Terminalia muelleri - Mueller's Damson


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