Marovo Mangrove Species Benefits and uses Marovo Mangrove Species Benefits and uses Kubuku/Velevele (Mbuo) Velevele (Heva) Petu Bakubakua/Tototu Vori Vua Vorusu Tui Ototo Babaheva Spiny Holly Mangrove White-flowered Holly Mangrove Grey Mangrove Mangrove Fern Rib-fruited Yellow Mangrove Trumpet Mangrove Milky Mangrove Keeled-Pod Mangrove Acanthus ilicifolius A.ebracteatus subsp. ebracteatus Avicennia marina Acrostichum speciosum Ceriops tagal Dolichandrone spathacea Excoecaria agallocha Heritiera littoralis Lagoon location This species has bark that peels off, like diseased human skin (Bakua = Lagoon location Upstream river estuary location Lagoon and barrier location ringworm). It’s branches and roots The timber is popular because it The timber grows back quickly after The name means ‘of much sap’ and grow in all directions and hang down is hard and burns hot and long being cut. The wood is used for this is harmful to people’s eyes. Upstream river estuary location in cooking fires. It also makes various canoe parts, and sometimes Even smoke from burning wood River estuary location over the water, and break easily. It River and lagoon location Shaped like a small trigger fish, is an uncommon tree with distinctive good poles for house materials. for carving. may cause sore eyes. Dead wood The timber used in construction and this mangrove has purple flowers breathing roots. The breathing roots It is particularly good for the hard without sap is very good for slow- decorative wood carving. The wood and shiny dark leaves with sharp Lagoon location are used to make fishing-line floats, sharpened sticks that are used for burning fire-sticks that are carried is very strong when dry, and is used pointed edges. Crocodiles often rest Similar to A. ilicifolius, less spiny. and their emergent tops may be husking coconuts. The fruits are around, and for fuel for cooking also for planks, spear shafts, and under Kubuku used as bottle corks. The trunks are edible. Birds nest and sleep in the fires. Leaves and foliage are used the reinforced stern pieces that hold shrubs waiting for sometimes used to make dugout branches and eat the fruits. as a medicinal for stonefish stings. outboard motors of large dugout food to come. In canoes. Children use the bean-like The puncture wound (after the spine canoes. Roviana, Kubuku fruits as toys. has been extracted!) is held over is a custom leaf. the smoke of burning/smoldering leaves. The milky sap may also be pushed into the wound to speed up recovery. Petu Petu Ta Ngo Pipili Hinage Ngirasa Petu Batubatu/ Tinoni River Mangrove Reflexed Orange Mangrove Large-Leafed Orange Mangrove Wrinkle-Pod Mangrove Red-flowered Black Mangrove Mangrove Palm Reef Barrier Mangrove Corky Stilt Mangrove Aegiceras corniculatum Bruguiera cylindrica Bruguiera gymnorhiza Cynometra species Lumnitzera littorea Nypa fruticans Pemphis acidula Rhizophora apiculata Lagoon location River estuary and lagoon location River estuary location Lagoon location The timber is Upstream river estuary location Barrier location River estuary and lagoon location The timber is used for house poles Fruit is the principle benefit (specifi- used in construction. It is favoured The foliage is used for thatch, chiefly This plant has very hard, heavy and because the stems are slender, very cally referring to the cigar-shaped as central support poles in leaf for walls of leaf houses. Roof thatch tough wood. It is used for a great straight and strong. propagule). This is prepared, grated houses in the tidal zone. It is also is often another palm – the sago. number of special tools including and washed (to remove tannins), used as jetty posts. It is known mortar pestles, sharpened sticks for cooked with coconut, and served locally as a hardy and resistant husking coconuts and weapons. with tuna as a stew or pudding. timber. The trunks are straight Barrier location growing and the wood is resistant Rare in Marovo. to saltwater. The wood is also good Flowers abundant with nectar are for spear shafts, canoe masts, sawn attractive to honey bees. Useful planks and other house materials. elsewhere for production of mangrove honey.