Suriana maritima

Suriana maritima L., Sp. Pl. 284 1753. ;

USA (Florida), Cayman Isl., Turks & Caicos Isl., Cuba, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Virgin Isl. (Anegada, Guana, St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas, Tortola, Virgin Gorda), Lesser Antilles (Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Desirade, Dominica, Grenada, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat), Panama, Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, ?Costa Rica, Colombia (Bolvar, La Guajira, San Andrs, Providencia y Santa Catalina), Venezuela (Delta Amacuro, Falcon, Guarico, Miranda, Nueva Esparta), Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, NE-Brazil, Mexico (Campeche, Quintana Roo, Veracruz, Yucatan), French Guiana?, Chagos Arch. (Diego Garcia), Seychelles (I), Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Philippines (Cuyo), Lesser Sunda Isl. (Timor), Moluccas (Tanimbar), Andamans (South Andamans), Nicobars (Central Nicobars, Great Nicobar Isl., Little Nicobar Isl.), India (Tamil Nadu), Pakistan (Sind), Vietnam, Lakshadweep Isl. (Laccadives), Maldives, New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna Isl., Fiji, American Samoa (Rose Atoll), Austral Isl. (Rimatara, Raivavae, Tubuai), Banaba (Ocean) Isl., Cook Isl. (Rarotonga), Gilbert Isl. (Tabiteuea, Onotoa), Henderson Isl., Marshall Isl. (Eniwetok, Bikini, Ailinginae, Rongelap, Rongerik, Taka, Utirik, Ujelang, Ujae, Wotho, Lae, Kwajalein, Ailuk, Likiep, Aur, Ailinglapalap, Arno, Kili, Jaluit), Micronesia (Ulithi, Murilo, Nomwin, Truk), N-Line Isl. (Palmyra Atoll, Fanning Isl., Christmas Isl. - Kiritimati), Palau Isl. (Pulu Anna), Phoenix Isl. (Canton, Hull), S-Line Isl. (Caroline Atoll), Society Isl. (Tahiti, Tetiaroa Atoll, Moorea, Tahaa, Mopelia Atoll, Huahine, Tupai, Bora Bora, Raiatea), Southern Marianas (Saipan, Rota, Guam), Tonga (Tongatapu, 'Eua, Lifuka, Vava'u, Niuatoputapu), Tuamotu Arch. (Makatea Isl., Rangiroa Atoll, Takapoto Atoll, Anaa, Vahanga, Tureia, Vana Vana, Ahunui, Menga Menga, Niau, Ahii, Takaroa, Apataki, Tikehau, etc.), Gambier Isl. (Mangareva), Tuvalu (Nui Atoll), Western Samoa (Aleipata Islands, etc.), Australia (Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland), Ashmoore Reef, Cocos (Keeling) Isl. as per Catalogue of Life;
 

Suriana
is a monotypic genus of flowering plants containing only Suriana maritima,[3] which is commonly known as Bay Cedar.  
It has a pantropical distribution and can be found on coasts in the New and Old World tropics.  
Bay Cedar is an evergreen shrub or small tree, usually reaching a height of 1–2 m (3.3–6.6 ft) and sometimes reaching 6 m (20 ft).[4] The leaves are alternate, simple, 1–6 cm (0.39–2.36 in) long and 0.6 cm (0.24 in) wide.[5] The grey-green, succulent foliage yields an aroma similar to that of cedar when crushed, hence the common name.[4] Its yellow flowers are solitary or in short[5] cymes among the leaves.[4] Flowers have a diameter of 1.5 cm (0.59 in) when open, with petals 6–10 mm (0.24–0.39 in) long and sepals 7–10 mm (0.28–0.39 in) long. Bay Cedar flowers throughout the year.[5] After fertilisation, the flowers form clusters of five dry, hard drupes 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in) in diameter. The drupes are buoyant and can maintain the viability of the seeds during long periods in seawater, allowing the seeds to be dispersed via the ocean.[4] 
(From Wikipedia on 14.4.14)

 
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Suriana maritima L. -- Lakshadweep Flora- PKA3 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8).
This is for the first time i had spotted a plant of Surianaceae family.
I had seen this shrub at Thinnakara Island at Lakshadweep. 
Bot. name: Suriana maritima L.
Family: Surianaceae

As per the info. available in wikipedia, Suriana is a monotypic genus of flowering plants containing only Suriana maritima.
Habitat: Wild (on the beach).
Very beautiful sharing ..., never seen before...


 
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