This species is locally called as “Punkanda” / “Heen kadol”. This species grows as elegant trees in the mangrove environment. Propergules are hanging from the branches. commonly known as the yellow mangrove, is a species of mangrove tree found in coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific. It belongs to the family Rhizophoraceae. Ceriops tagal is well adapted to saline environments and can withstand a wide range of tidal conditions. It has distinctive features such as stilt-like roots and yellow flowers. This mangrove species plays an important ecological role by providing habitat for various organisms, protecting coastlines from erosion, and contributing to carbon sequestration. It is distributed in countries including Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia, among others.
The bark of this species is used for coloring boat-sails and fishing nets. The dye extracted from the bark is used for painting and fabric and Bathik works. Stems are used as roofing and wall materials for temporary houses.