Scientific name: Bruguiera sexangula (Lour.) Poir.

Family: Rhizophoraceae

Synonym: Rhizophora sexangula Lour. 

Bengali/Vernacular name: Kankra, Lalnatinga, Banduri, Rohinia.

English name: Upriver orange mangrove.

Description of the plant: A mangrove tree, up to 30 m tall. Leaves petiolate, glabrous, yellowish, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, or rarely oblanceolate, base cuneate to rarely obtuse, apex acute, stipules green or yellowish. Flowers solitary, yellow. Fruit a berry, more or less distinctly ribbed and enclosed in sepal.

Bruguiera sexangula

Plant parts used: Bark.

Ethnomedicinal uses: A paste is made with the bark of the plant is applied externally twice a day on the burning places until the wound is healed.

The bark of the plant is used to treat diarrhoea and tumour.

Distribution: This mangrove species is found in mangrove forests of Khulna, Satkhira, and Bagerhat districts.

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