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Wetlands Plant Species at FMEL

Buttonwood

Conocarpus erecta

BUTTON

Not a true mangrove, the buttonwood is usually found at the higher elevations of the marsh, in association with white mangroves. Trees with dark gray bark that can reach heights of 18m. Leaves are elliptic, leathery and smooth green, or may be "downy", sharply pointed with two salt glands at the base. Flowers are green and borne in dense heads. Fruit are purplish in color, round to oval in shape.