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Tropical Seashores  : Mangrove

Rhizophora stylosa Red mangrove Bakau merah Rhizophoraceae

 

 Rhizophora stylosa, Red mangrove, bakau merah

 

Rhizophora stylosa

 Rhizophora stylosa, Red mangrove, bakau merah

This is probably the most easily recognised mangrove because of its distinctive root system and widespread distribution. It can grow to 20 m tall. These photos were taken beside the Scenic Highway near the Matthew Flinders Drive traffic lights
Roots: Prop roots.
Leaves: Leaves about 10 cm long which have a lighter green undersurface covered with brown speckles. Leaves are arranged in clumps at the end of branches.
Flowers and Fruit: Small, white flowers which are pollinated by wind or insects. The propagules are 1-2 cm in diameter, 20-40 cm long and tapered at one end.
Bark: Rough, brown to dark grey bark.
Location: Occurs low in the intertidal zone, where its roots are submerged during high tides.

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