Mangroves - Trees of the Sea
• Arching aerial roots called “prop roots” and “drop roots”
• Leaves are elliptical and glossy with dull underside
• Pencil-shaped propagule
• Leaves are rounded with notched tips
• Raisin-shaped propagule
• First to colonize a site disturbed by storms or hurricane
• Pencil-shaped aerial roots (Pneumatophores)
• Tear-shaped propagules
• Shiny upper leaf, gray under leaf
Role of Mangroves
Mangroves contribute to the health of Florida’s southern coast by providing habitat for birds, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and fish such as snook and tarpon. Their decomposing leaves are a major source of food for estuarine animals. Mangroves also protect coastlines from severe weather, reduce suspended sediment in nearby sea grass habitats, trap pollutants and recycle nutrients to help improve water quality.
Mangroves do not have true seeds. Young mangroves, called propagules, develop while still attached to the trees. Propagules eventually fall from the tree and are dispersed with the help of tides. Propagules can remain viable and ready to sprout as the float out in the water for up to one year.
Location. 26° 41.59′ N, 81° 46.666′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker is on Palm Beach Boulevard. Marker is located inside park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10901 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33905, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tracking Manatees (here, next to this marker); Relatives and Relationships (here, next to this marker); Manatee Young (here, next to this marker); Pine Flatwoods Habitat (here, next to this marker); Scrub Oak Habitat (here, next to this marker); Responsible Fishing (here, next to this marker); Boating with Wildlife (here, next to this marker); Munching Manatees (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on September 6, 2017, by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo 1. submitted on August 7, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.