Avicennia officinalis L.
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|Avicennia officinalis L.|
English: gray mangrove.
Maritime. South and southeastern Asia, northern Australia, and East Africa.
Least Concern [LC] ( IUCN 2017).
Root: Considered to be an aphrodisiac. Seed: Used in poultices.
In Taiwan the fruit, mixed with butter and made into a paste, is smoothed on to prevent the bursting of smallpox pustules; in Indo-China the bark is used to heal cutaneous affections, especially scabies; in Indonesia a resinous substance exuded from the bark "acts as a contraceptive, and apparently can be taken all year long without ill effects"; and in the Philippines the seeds are a maturative and a cicatrizant of ulcers, also resin from the sapwood is applied locally to snakebites ( Perry 1980).
The bark contains tannin and lapachol ( Perry 1980).
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