Mangrove trees

Mangrove trees

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Caption: Mangrove trees. Mangroves (family Rhizophoraceae) are moderate sized trees, which grow on low, often submerged tropical coasts. They have several adaptations to cope with being submerged in mud and water. The seed germinates while the fruit is still attached to the parent plant. When it falls, it is already a substantial young seedling, several of which are seen around the base of the tree. Prop or stilt roots descend from the trunk to provide the trees with support in the mud. Mangroves form dense, intertwined thickets along the coastline, trapping silt and sediment, thereby causing a gradual build up of land. Photographed in Australia.

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Keywords: aquatic, australia, australian, coastal, environment, geography, land forming plant, mangrove, mud, muddy, prop, rhizophoraceae, root, roots, sapling, saplings, seedling, seedlings, stilt, swamp, tree, trees, tropical, trunk, trunks, water

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