9 responses to “Rhizophora mangle”

  1. Doug

    Another shot of the seedlings…

  2. Ginny

    Thanks for another interesting write-up, Tamara. As a Mainer I only see mangroves when I travel pretty far, and I’ve always been a little hazy on the purposes of the specialized roots. And I had no idea they had viviparous seedlings – thanks also to Doug for his excellent photo.

  3. Sue Frisch

    Tamara, you are amazing….what a variety of lessons you have given us! I suspect that, as a reward, you are not only learning a lot but are having even more fun than your subscribers are.

  4. Tony puddicombe

    http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/blue_planet/coasts/mangroves/mangrove_threats/
    This site has some useful info on how mangroves are being eliminated and the consequences thereof.

  5. David Eickhoff

    Aloha kākou,
    Mahalo James and Tamara for sharing your photo and comments.
    Living near Pearl Harbor, or Pu’uloa (Hawaiian name), on O’ahu in the Hawaiian Islands, red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle)is a major threat to our native estuary ecosystems, replacing all of the native vegetation in some areas. But, it was surprising to me that mangrove is actually threatened in Florida, in some areas as much as nearly 90%!
    On the other hand, Asian snakewood or Latherleaf (Colubrina asiatica), while native in the Hawaiian Islands, is a serious invasive in Florida. Our natives can be your invasives; your natives can be our invasives. What a fine web of a planet earth truly is and intentionally or not, we have disturbed it.
    We can certainly emphasize with our Floridian colleagues & conservationists and their unique challenges. Here in Hawai’i nei we have our own to contend with.
    But, continue to hold your chin up, at least you are not labeled with the unflattering title of “the extinction capital of the world.”
    Aloha,
    Dave
    ʻĀnapanapa (Colubrina asiatica)
    http://nativeplants.hawaii.edu/plant/view/Colubrina_asiatica

  6. Tamara Bonnemaison

    Those viviparous seedlings truly are amazing. Thanks for posting the photo Doug.

  7. marilyn brown

    Wonderful coincidence — I’m reading a whole boxful of airmail letters written by my dad in 1946 when he was stationed in Manila as a civilian engineer. His descriptions of the surroundings are detailed and beautifully written to his family in California. I haven’t gotten to the mangroves yet, but I’m sure they will be coming up soon. Reading today’s article and seeing the photo have added greatly to the atmosphere — thanks for timing this entry exactly right !

  8. Marian Whitcomb

    I grew up peeking between roots with my mask and snorkel. There were so many interesting faces looking back at me. So much of it has disappeared from the South Florida area.

  9. James St. John

    Hey everyone – this is James St. John. The mangrove roots photo is not copyrighted – none of my flickr pictures are. Anyone can use any of them anywhere for any purposes, for free, forever.
    Best,
    JSJ
    (Geology Department, Ohio State University at Newark)

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