AskIFAS Powered by EDIS

about page banner

Mangrove Swamps


Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove

FR321/FOR 259 by Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman, Mary M. Hudson, and Heather V. QuintanaFebruary 17th, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

Laguncularia racemosa, White Mangrove

FR325/FOR 263 by Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman, Mary McKenzie, and Heather V. QuintanaFebruary 9th, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

Lumnitzera racemosa, White-Flowered Black Mangrove

FR467/FOR396by Natalia Medina-Irizarry, Michael Andreu, and Stephen EnloeJune 14th, 2023This publication provides an in-depth profile of Lumnitzera racemosa for the use of interested laypersons with some knowledge of biology as well as academic audiences.

Rhizophora mangle, Red Mangrove

FR460/FOR389by Natalia Medina Irizarry and Michael AndreuFebruary 9th, 2023This publication serves as an introduction to identifying Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove). A brief overview of the family, genus, species, common name, description, storm tolerance, threats, and applications are summarized. The target audience is Florida homeowners who live along the coast with an interest in native plant communities and conservation. The objective is to educate the public on the correct identification, value, and benefits of red mangroves.

The Impacts of Trimming Mangroves

FR448/FOR378by Natalia D. Medina-Irizarry and Michael G. AndreuFebruary 13th, 2022Mangroves provide quintessential ecosystem services in Florida, where there are three native mangrove species: red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), and white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa). Mangroves extend from the Florida Keys up to peninsular Florida along the coastlines.They are often removed or trimmed to capitalize on coastal views valued by residents and visitors. To protect mangroves and the ecosystem services they provide, the 1996 Mangrove Trimming and Preservation Act provides management guidance. A literature review about trimming mangroves uncovered that not all species remain healthy after trimming. To minimize the negative impacts of trimming, landowners should carefully consider the amount of biomass removed, trimming frequency and timing, and best trimming techniques for the mangrove species they are managing.

Available Languages: