A mangrove is a woody tree or shrub that lives along sheltered coastlines within the tropic or subtropic latitudes. The various mangrove species aren’t necessarily closely related to one another, but they share the unique capability of growing within reach of the tides in salty soil.
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Here Mangroves are a great source of biodiversity, and in Isla Corazon, you can find four types of mangroves as described below:
Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) is also known as the”WalkingTree” because its roots give a walking tree’s appearance. It is the most dominant species, growing to 24 meters high. It is found at the edge of the wetland, forming a type of protector shield. Ancient people used its roots to make bases for their houses above the mangrove. Their long and pointy seeds can float up to a suitable environment to germinate.
Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans) usually follows the red mangrove and has a pleasant aroma. Its cycle of life is between 40 and 50 years. It is not directly in contact with seawater, although it grows in areas inundated by tidal action. Its leaves are narrow and pointed, and its surface is covered with salt crystals, for this reason, the taste of its leaves. This mangrove can tolerate higher levels of salt than the red mangrove. It does not have large stilt roots but develops vertical roots that protrude from the substrate (pneumatophores), serving as breathing.
White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) is the species that follow in sequence to the black mangrove from the coast to the land. On the higher ground or rarely flooded land reaching up to 20 meters high, it is less tolerant of salt than red mangroves. Its leaves are ova land smooth, and its stems can be pink.
Jeli Mangrove (Cornacarpus Erectus) is a small tree 3-8 meters tall. Also known as “button mangrove” for the shape of its round cone purple or brown fruits. It follows in sequence to the White Mangrove, and it is found in dry areas away from water. It grows best where soils and salinity and stable.