sea almonds



R.Br. 1810

pronounced: kon-bree-TAY-see-eye

the false almond family


Combretum was 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.


Photograph © Donald Simpson 2010