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DescriptionTrees and shrubs, some mangroves (Sonneratia) with aerial roots (pneumatophores). Stipules 0. Leaves simple, opposite, petiolate, entire. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, axillary or terminal. Calyx tube campanulate, 4-8-lobed. Petals 4-8 or 0. Stamens 12 to numerous; filaments free, anthers medifixed. Ovary 4-many-locular; ovules numerous. Fruit a many-seeded berry or capsule.
The two genera are Sonneratia (a Mozambican native genus of mangroves) and Duabanga, which is cultivated in Zimbabwe. Both genera are sometimes included in the Lythraceae.