ABOUT THE MANGROVES THAT YOU WILL EXPLORE
Mangroves are one of Florida's true natives. They thrive in salty environments because they are able to obtain freshwater from saltwater. Some secrete excess salt through their leaves, others block absorption of salt at their roots.
Worldwide, more than 50 species of mangroves exist. Of the three species found in Florida, the red mangrove is probably the most well-known. It typically grows along the water's edge.
The red mangrove is easily identified by its tangled, reddish roots called "prop-roots". These roots have earned mangroves the title, "walking trees".
This mangrove, in particular, appears to be standing or walking on the surface of the water.
This plant usually occupies slightly higher elevations upland from the red mangrove.
The black mangrove can be identified by numerous finger-like projections, called pneumatophores, that protrude from the soil around the tree's trunk.
Honey can be produce from the nectar the blossoms produce.
White mangroves have no visible aerial root system like red and black mangroves.
The easiest way to identify white mangroves is by the leaves. The leaves are up to 3 inches long, elliptical (rounded at both ends), yellowish in color, and have two distinguishing glands at the base of each leaf blade where the stem begins.
White mangroves are usually located in elevations higher and farther upland than either the red or black mangroves.