This post is one of a series from professor Nisse Goldberg's Plant Taxonomy students at Jacksonville University. FNPS blogger Laurie Sheldon assisted the students with their initial drafts, providing suggestions for editing and content development.
Mangroves are tropical trees that can grow well in both fresh and brackish water. There are four main species of mangroves in Florida: the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle, Fig. 2), the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans, Fig. 3), the white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa, Fig. 4), and buttonwood (Conocarpus erectus). This article will focus on the red, black, and white mangrove species.
Mangroves are traditionally found on the coasts of Florida as far north as St. Augustine. With the warming of temperatures, the mangroves have been spreading northward into salt marsh habitats dominated by Spartina alterniflora. This has become a topic of interest due to the ecological consequences of such a major…