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red mangrove

Rhizophora mangle

Description:

The red mangrove is a tall tree that reaches 70' to 80' in height in the tropics; however in Florida, it is characterized as a short bushy tree reaching about 20' in height. It is characterized by its numerous above ground roots called prop roots.

Habitat:

The red mangrove grows in brackish areas along creeks, bays, and lagoons. Mangroves provide protected nursery areas for fishes, crustaceans, and shellfish. They also provide food for a multitude of marine species such as snook, snapper, tarpon, jack, sheepshead, red drum, oyster, and shrimp. Mangrove branches are rookeries, or nesting areas, for beautiful coastal birds such as brown pelicans and roseate spoonbills.

Notes:

we are planting seedling in a restoration area - we sprouted over 300 seedlings and planted them. The project is called the Restoration Project created by Xavier Cortada. He has taken this project around the world http://www.reclamationproject.net

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Miami, Florida, USA

Lat: 25.79, Long: -80.23

Spotted on Apr 24, 2008
Submitted on Feb 24, 2011

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