Examples of Mangroves

Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle)

Red Mangroves are found closer to the water. They are the most tolerant of standing water. They are very easily identified by their large prop roots that stick out of the water.The Red Mangrove has reddish-brown bark and dark green leathery leaves that are 2 to 6 inches long.The leaves of this tree, like all mangroves, are well suited for keeping water in. This species has elliptical waxy green leaves that limit evaporative water loss.

 

A picture of some Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle)
This is the Red mangrove's elliptical waxy green leaves that limit evaporative water loss

 

 

Black Mangroves (Avicennia germinans)

Black Mangroves are treea that are found directy landward of the Red mangrove. Black mangroves are easily recognised by their roots. These structures resemble thin straws stuck in the soil. The many pneumatophores that each tree have serve as airways to provide oxygen to the roots.The leaves of the Black Mangrove are dark green on top and pale grey underneath. They are elliptical in shape, and are green and waxy.

 

A picture of some Black Mangroves (Avicennia germinans)

 

White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)

White mangroves are the smallest species existing as a tree or shrub with the ability to grow up to fifty feet. The leaf shape is a broad, flat oval rounded at both ends. Leaf lengths approach three inches. Two glands are found at the base of each leaf . When growing in oxygen deprived sediment the White mangrove often develop peg roots which are similar to pneumatophores except that they are shorter and more stout in appearance. The propagules are very small..

 

This is a White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)
These are the leaves of the White mangrove

 

 

 

This is where each of the mangroves are located with the different tides