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Monthly Archives: July 2018

13 Jul 2018

Buttonwood

Buttonwood, Conocarpus erectus, is found often in association with mangroves that many consider it a mangrove itself. There is some merit to the argument. The United States Department of Agriculture calls it buttonwood mangrove. Others say there are only three mangroves that grow in Florida, and buttonwood isn’t one of them. Buttonwood produces seeds rather than propagules. Buttonwood live farther from water than red, black, and white mangrove. They are usually found above the high tide line. The flowers and fruits do […]

10 Jul 2018

How To Identify The Three (3) Types Of Mangroves In Florida

Mangroves Facts Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) The Red Mangrove is the most salt tolerant of the Mangroves. The Red Mangrove has very shiny, glossy and pointy green leaves which are green on both sides of the leaf. The Red Mangrove is easily recognized by numerous reddish, arching aerial roots called prop (or stilt) roots, which provide an important protective nursery habitat for many marine species. Red Mangroves have small yellowish flowers with four petals and are pollinated by wind. The […]

09 Jul 2018
Florida Red Mangrove with Flowers

Florida Mangroves

Mangroves are tropical plants, killed by freezing temperatures. The Florida mangroves ecoregion includes three mangrove species: Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), as shown in the picture, Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) All three mangrove species flower in the spring and early summer. Propagules fall from late summer through early autumn. These plants have differing adaptions to conditions along coasts, and are generally found in partially overlapping bands or zones, roughly parallel to the shoreline. The red mangrove grows closest to open water. […]

08 Jul 2018
08 Jul 2018

Black Skimmer Nesting Colony Marco Island

Tigertail Beach To Hideaway Beach Walk to see the Black Skimmer nesting colony and newly hatched chicks. This year there are roughly 400 black skimmer nesting pairs – one bird sits on the eggs or protects the chicks while the other searches for food. A skimmer will be fully grown and can fly about 25 days after it is hatched.

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