Pemphis is a genus of maritime plants in family Lythraceae. It was recently thought have only one species (the species described in 1775, Pemphis acidula) but is now believed to have at least two. These plants are not common, but far ranging from coastal, eastern Africa, states with Indian Ocean coastlines, to the Pacific, northwards up to Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands. Most Pemphis live either at the verges of mangrove forests, well away from the forest-ocean interface or they colonize beaches behind the intertidal zone, taking hold on rocks, gravel or sand, laterite or limestone and frequently on promontories or crags.
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