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Tropical trees, or deciduous conifers, or shrubs which produce many prop roots and grow in swamps, coastal saline or brackish water.


Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove

FR321/FOR 259 by Michael G. Andreu, Melissa H. Friedman, Mary M. Hudson, and Heather V. QuintanaFebruary 18, 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 10, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Organism ID.

Lumnitzera racemosa, White-Flowered Black Mangrove

FR467/FOR396by Natalia Medina-Irizarry, Michael Andreu, and Stephen EnloeJune 15, 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 10, 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 14, 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.

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Marvelous Mangroves!

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Florida Mangroves

Carolyn KovacsApril 25th, 2023Mangroves are an important component of Florida’s coastal ecosystem.  They provide habitat for many organisms and protect us from storms.  Mangroves have been moving northward in Florida, and it is important all of us around the state to understand their ecology and how to interact with them.  What are mangroves? Mangroves are trees that live […]

Virtual Course helps Mangrove Trimmers Brush Up their Skills

Ana ZangronizAugust 17th, 2022By Ana Zangroniz and Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Agent, Coastal Ecosystems What are mangroves? Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that reside in low-energy, intertidal areas. They like to grow in warm areas, or where the temperatures do not hit lower than freezing for an extended period of time. Mangroves are quite recognizable in our […]

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