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Mangroves - RhizophoraceaeWith rising sea levels
Mangroves become more important
than ever to protect sea shores!
There are 110 mangrove species,|
but only 50 are seen as "true mangroves".
Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants.
Mangroves can tolerate more salt in their sap than terrestrial plants.
The most tolerant Mangrove species have salt glands in their leaves, allowing for the secretion of salt.
Many Mangroves found solutions to tropical conditions of variable salinity, tidal range = inundation,
anaerobic soils and intense sunlight.
Mangroves grow a mesh of roots which offers a quiet marine region for young organisms.|
Often mangrove roots are permanently submerged, creating a special habitat to algae, barnacles, oysters, sponges, and bryozoans. These are plants that need a hard surface for anchoring while they filter feed.
Often found in the Mangrove root maze are shrimps and mud lobsters. Mangrove crabs mulch the mangrove leaves, adding nutrition to the mangal muds.
Some tropical countries have Mangrove plantations which provide a good environment for important species of fish and crustaceans. |
Mangroves have a very special way to multiply - the seed germinates while still attached to the tree. Later a cone-shaped seedling drops into the water and floats away. Sometimes it stays and starts to grow close to the main plant.
This is a mangrove spear, another way the mangroves can multiply
Red mangroves can survive in the most inundated areas have stilt roots to get air. Additionally they can absorb air through pores in their bark.
Another variety are Black mangroves who grow on higher ground using root-like structures sticking up out of the soil like straws for breathing.BR> Some of these "breathing tubes" can grow 10 feet.
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