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The city was named after the Marikina River, which is in turn derived from "mariqui", a variety of "mangrove" ("Rhizophora apiculata") found in the estuarine waters of the river. The river itself was named after the village where it originates – Marikina. Mariqui is popular for its soft and easily workable bamboo, used to make houses, furniture and other handicrafts. It grows abundantly in marshy areas along creek banks at an altitude between 100–200 meters (330–660 ft). The original inhabitants of Marikina are called as "Tribeletts". They built their homes on top of hillsides overlooking a large body of water known today as Sapang Baho or Sapang Bato Lake (literally means ""Lake on Flat Rocks"" because flat rocks were used by tribelets to build their homes near lakeshores), now located inside Central Park West Avenue (formerly known as Rizal Ave.).