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Scyphiphora hydrophylacea

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Plate from Flora de Filipinas [...] Gran edicion [...] [Atlas II]..., 1880-1883?

Common Names

Yam-stick Mangrove, Yamstick Mangrove



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Scyphiphora hydrophylacea C.F.Gaertn.

Orthographic variant: Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea orth. var. C.F.Gaertn.

Botanical Description

Scyphiphora hydrophylacea (Yamstick Mangrove) is a multi-stemmed shrub growing to 2 m. It's roots are not often above ground.

The leaves are simple, opposate, fleshy, oblong-ovate (oblong to egg-shaped), 4-9 cm long and 2-5 cm wide. The leaf apex is rounded to slightly emarginate and the petiole is 1-2 cm long.

The inflorescence is a cluster of usually 3-7 (but up to 13) white or slightly pink flowers. The flowers have 4 (sometimes 5) stamens.

The fruit is a 4-seeded pale green, cylindrical and ribbed, 0.6 - 1 cm long ([1]).


In Australia, Scyphiphora hydrophylacea is found sparingly in estuaries from Price Regent River in Western Australia, through the Northern Territory, to Bustard Head, Queensland ([1]).

Localities (not complete):


Biological Interactions  
Group Taxon
  18 taxa
Vascular Plants Acrostichum speciosum
Vascular Plants Aegialitis_annulata
Vascular Plants Avicennia marina
Vascular Plants Bruguiera cylindrica
Vascular Plants Bruguiera exaristata
Vascular Plants Bruguiera gymnorhiza
Vascular Plants Camptostemon schultzii
Vascular Plants Ceriops tagal
Vascular Plants Excoecaria agallocha
Vascular Plants Lumnitzera littorea
Vascular Plants Lumnitzera racemosa
Vascular Plants Osbornia octodonta
Vascular Plants Rhizophora apiculata
Vascular Plants Rhizophora X lamarckii
Vascular Plants Rhizophora stylosa
Vascular Plants Xylocarpus granatum
Vascular Plants Xylocarpus moluccensis
Vascular Plants Diospyros geminata

Wild Singapore: http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/plants/mangrove/scyphiphora/hydrophyllacea.htm

Guide to the mangroves of Singapore: http://mangrove.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/text/1072.htm

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scyphiphora_hydrophyllacea

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Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea leaves and flowers, Singapore Photo: John Yong

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Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea flowers, Singapore Photo: John Yong


  1. Duke, N.C. (2006). Australia's Mangroves. The authoritative guide to Australia's mangrove plants. University of Queensland, Brisbane. (more)
  2. Bunt, J.S. (1997). The Mangrove Floral and Vegetational Diversity of Hinchinbrook Island and the Adjacent Coast. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville. Available online: http://data.aims.gov.au/extpubs/attachmentDownload?docID=3018 (more)
  3. Bunt, J.S. (1982b). Mangrove Transect Data from Northern Queensland. Coastal Studies Series, Australian Institute of Marine Science AIMS-CS-82-1. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 41 p. Available online: http://data.aims.gov.au/extpubs/attachmentDownload?docID=2326 (more)

Biological Interactions
Relation Taxon GroupSorted ascending
OccursWith Acrostichum_speciosum Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Aegialitis_annulata Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Avicennia_marina Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Bruguiera_cylindrica Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Bruguiera_exaristata Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Bruguiera_gymnorhiza Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Camptostemon_schultzii Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Ceriops_tagal Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Diospyros_geminata Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Excoecaria_agallocha Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Lumnitzera_littorea Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Lumnitzera_racemosa Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Osbornia_octodonta Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Rhizophora_X_lamarckii Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Rhizophora_apiculata Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Rhizophora_stylosa Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Xylocarpus_granatum Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Xylocarpus_moluccensis Vascular_Plants