Flora of North America Editorial Committee, 2014. Known negative impacts include reduction in habitat quality for endangered waterbirds, affecting the nesting habitats of some endangered waterbirds, including the Hawaiian duck (Anas wyvilliana), Hawaiian coot (Fulica alai), Hawaiian stilt (Himantopus mexicanus knudseni) and Hawaiian moorhen (Gallinula chloropus sandvicensis) (Chimner et al., 2006), reducing native species in fish ponds (Pratt, 1998) and anchihaline pools that have a large algal component and a highly specialized and vulnerable fauna, overgrowing native Hawaiian archaeological sites (Fronda et al., 2008), and causing drainage and aesthetic problems (Allen, 1998). Red mangrove eradication and pickleweed control in a Hawaiian wetland, waterbird responses, and lessons learned. The importance of propagule predation in a forest of non-indigenous mangrove trees. Natural dispersal of R. mangle propagules is facilitated by tides and seasonal flooding (Murray et al., 2003) and severe storms (Proffitt et al., 2006). racemosa and var. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); leaves and propagules forming. Bwa yo: important trees of Haiti., ix + 418 pp. It is also one of the tallest, growing more than 22 m. It is easily identified by its "walking" stilt roots that can grow as high as 4.5 m above ground (PUCNCPP, 1983b). R. mangle propagules have been intentionally introduced. Species Profiles for Pacific Island Agroforestry. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN-The World Conservation Union, 240-248. Distribution, composition and classification. 35-46. Technical Report 162. Disease of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) in Southwest Puerto Rico caused by Cytospora rhizophorae. July 03, 2013. Propagules were released in Hawaii in 1902 (and later) to stabilize mudflats that were forming as a result of erosion of agricultural fields (Cox and Allen, 1999). of ref. Washington, DC, USA: US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. They are sometimes called ‘sibling species’ to R. mangle, noting their close morphological resemblance and overlapping native ranges in part, and further taxonomic clarification based on molecular analysis is required (Duke and Allen, 2006). Holualoa, Hawaii, USA: Permanent Agriculture Resources (PAR), 18 pp. Timber production is estimated at 150 m3/ha per year (Duke and Allen, 2006). Brisbane, Australia: Biosecurity Queensland, 12 pp. Other Common Names: Candelon, Mangle dulce (Mexico), Mangle rojo (Colombia), Purgua (Venezuela), Apareiba, Mangue sapateiro (Brazil), Mangle geli (Ecuador). American mangrove, Rhizophora mangle. Dry bark contains 10-40% tannin and aerial roots around 10% (Duke, 1983). Simulated sea level change alters anatomy, physiology, growth, and reproduction of red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle L.). Rhizophora species grow leaves in clusters at the end of branches, pollutants and excess salt in the cell sap are placed in older leaves which turn yellow and fall off. R. mangle is normally a small evergreen tree 5-10 m tall with a trunk diameter of 20 cm, but can grow to 20-30 m (and even 50 m) tall, with diameters of 20–50 (-70) cm, with arching stilt roots 2–4.5 m high. Marine Ecology, Progress Series, 404:51-67. Sun-shade adaptability of the red mangrove, Rhizophora mangle (Rhizophoraceae): changes through ontogeny at several levels of biological organization. Leaves opposite or Temporally dependent C, N, and P dynamics associated with the decay of Rhizophora mangle L. leaf litter in oligotrophic mangrove wetlands of the Southern Everglades. Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. However, the long-term impact of mangrove removal on Hawaiian stilt populations is still not clear (Rauzon and Drigot, 2002). Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) reproduction and seedling colonization after Hurricane Charley: Comparisons of Charlotte Harbor and Tampa Bay. Plant extracts have also proved effective against the pest Cylasformicarius (Williams, 1999). DOI:10.1007/BF03161706, USDA-ARS, 2015. Hill (2001) reports that R. mangle propagules in Florida are consumed directly by the spotted mangrove crab (Goniopsis cruentata), the mangrove land crab (Ucides cordatus), the coffee bean snail (Melampus coffea) and the ladder horn snail (Cerithidea scalariformis), and leaves are eaten by the mangrove crab (Aratus pisonii), the spotted mangrove crab (G. cruentata), the blue land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi), and various insects. ... Rhizophora mangle - Red Mangrove - Rhizophoraceae {3} Pandanus caricosus - Voivoi - Pandanaceae W/C = Wild Collected = Currently Flowering http://www.traditionaltree.org, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2015. MacKenzie RA; Kryss CL, 2013. January, 2010. Cattle will eat the leaves if lime is added to raise the pH, and leaves could serve as a valuable source of feed but this potential has yet to be realized (Duke and Allen, 2006). However, R. mangle has somewhat larger and shinier leaves than these other mangroves, and is further distinguished by its long and pencil-shaped ‘fruits’. Rhizophora mangle L. Common Name: Red Mangrove; Family: Rhizophoraceae R. Br. In the Rhizophora spp., the aerial root system is composed of stilts that grow from the main stem, resembling flying buttresses (Gill and Tomlinson, 1969; Fisher, 1982). The propagules eventually fall from the parent plant, but if submerged at the time, they can float for more than a year in seawater until they settle on suitable strata (Hill, 2001). Mangrove species exhibit different types of mechanisms for tolerating such high salt concentrations. Some planted R. mangle trees were seen not to set fruit until the second flowering episode, about 2.5 years after planting (Ellison and Farnsworth, 1997). Rhizophora mangle. Leaves opposite, crowded at end of twig, hairless, with slightly flattened leafstalks 13–22 mm. Its most prominent feature is an array of aerial stilt roots (props) arising from the main trunk at 2.0-4.5 m height. Further introduction is not recommended. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp502, Hill K, 2001. http://plants.usda.gov/. Laie Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Physical control options are expensive but have proved to be moderately to highly effective in Hawaii, where cutting by hand or with machines and dredging all reduce tree numbers and allow native species to return (Allen, 1998). Rhizophora species generally live in intertidal zones which are inundated daily by the ocean. Allen JA, 2002. Title Tropical Timbers of the World. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 12 pp. 18 pp. Wallingford, UK: CABI, CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Fibres from the branches and roots have been used to make fishing lines. Invasive species risk assessment. Duke and Allen (2006) include a map and much detail regarding the taxonomy of this species group. It is now very well established throughout the Hawaiian archipelago, and in some places densities of more than 24,000 trees per hectare have been reported (Cox and Allen, 1999). Rhizophora mangle L., one of the most common mangrove species, has an aerial structure system that gives it stability in permanently swampy soils. Natural stands of R. mangle tend to form single species monocultures with little genetic diversity (Lowenfeld and Klekowski, 1992), and being self-pollinating, this leads to inbreeding depression within the population (Proffitt et al., 2006). July, 2013. Gill AM; Tomlinson PB, 1971. The term mangrove is used both to refer to an entire ecosystem type and to the primary group of species within that ecosystem. The importance of propagule predation in a forest of nonindigenous mangrove trees. Rhizophora species of mangroves have a conspicuous system of stilt-like roots (rhizophores) that grow from the main stem and resemble flying buttresses. Mehlig U, 2006. In: Hydrobiologia, 413 [ed. Pacific Science, 54(4):331-343. R. mangle seedlings cannot tolerate dry conditions during establishment, so communities often develop around areas where water is not limited, at least during certain periods (Elster et al., 1999). Rhizophora samoensis ... occasionally to 90cm in diameter. PIER, 2015. Impacts of exotic mangroves and chemical eradication of mangroves on tide pool fish assemblages. I. Fruits dark brown, conical, about 3 cm long and 13 mm in diameter, with enlarged curved sepals, remaining attached. http://www.efloras.org/flora_page.aspx?flora_id=1, Fourqurean JW; Smith TJ; Possley J; Collins TM; Lee D; Namoff S, 2010. A further distinct record from Angola (Duke, 1983) requires verification, and may refer to R. racemosa. http://www.tropicos.org/, Steele O C, Ewel K C, Goldstein G, 1999. However, the common name American mangrove is somewhat of a misnomer, as the species is also reported as native to West Africa, from Senegal to Nigeria (Duke, 1983; USDA-ARS, 2015). As propagules were found to float for 8-12 months and still remain viable, R. mangle is likely to be effective at inter-island dispersal, and should be capable of at least occasionally dispersing across the relatively short distances between most of the main Hawaiian Islands (Allen and Krauss, 2006). https://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/Rhizophora_mangle, Duke NC; Allen JA, 2006. International Journal of Tropical Plant Diseases, 2(2):85-88. Trees prefer full sun but seedlings can survive in the understorey until a gap forms (Hill, 2001). The leaves grow in opposite pairs, each pair with two interlocking stipules. The abundance of fruit set is noted to be markedly seasonal in southern Florida, with maximum fruit production occurring in the autumn (Gill and Tomlinson, 1969). Rhizophora mangle grows on aerial prop roots, which arch above the water level, giving stands of this tree the characteristic "mangrove" appearance. They grow up to 30 m (100 ft) tall often with aerial stilt roots, but in more marginal habitats are shorter, more branched and scrubby. Naturwissenschaften, 86(9):450-452. 61-71. Mangle Colorado. I. Mating system and mutation rates of Rhizophora mangle in Florida and San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Steele et al. 19 (3), 705-708. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); propagules. Pukoo, Molokai, Hawaii, USA. In: Global Ecology and Biogeography Letters, 7(1) [ed. As most mangrove propagules the propagules of Rhizophora mangle are viviparous and already develop a sprout on the mother tree. Native to Florida. Berenguer B; Sánchez LM; Quílez A; López-Barreiro M; Haro Ode; Gálvez J; Martín MJ, 2006. As such, the development of rhizophores can be predicted to be important for the effective The mangroves of Belize. Fort Pierce, Florida, USA: Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); small plant. Current extent and historical expansion of introduced mangroves on O'ahu, Hawai'i. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysimple.aspx, USDA-NRCS, 2015. Stems develop stilt- like roots forming impenetrable thickets. Bark grey or grey-brown, smooth and thin on small trunks, becoming furrowed and thick on larger ones. R. mangle is viviparous. It is used as roundwood for posts and poles, for marine piling and wharves, shipbuilding, and in cabinetwork; it also produces excellent firewood and charcoal (Little and Skolmen, 1989), and is also occasionally exploited as a source of pulp wood (Duke, 1983). Egler (1948) describes the processes involved in the dispersal and establishment of mangrove seedlings. Phenology of the shoot. Flower production in R. mangle is continuous throughout the year in equatorial regions, with a peak in flower production during the wet season (Mehlig, 2006), and during early spring and summer in more temperate regions (Gill and Tomlinson, 1971). Invasive mangrove removal and recovery: food web effects across a chronosequence. Please consider upgrading your browser to the latest version or installing a new browser. (1999) reported R. mangle as native in American Samoa, but this is considered a misidentification, and refers to R. samoensis. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); leaves. It is also worth noting that in its native range, R. mangle stands are also being invaded by other exotic species, for example by exotic mangroves in Florida (Fourqurean et al., 2010). July, 2013. Optimal salinity is given as 8-26 ppt or about 35 ppt for seawater (Duke and Allen, 2006). Wetlands. In Mexico it has been planted to improve coastal beach habitats for native fauna and reduce the effects of erosion from severe weather or tidal forces (Mendez Linares et al., 2007), and has also been planted by the aquaculture industry to improve coastal habitat for fisheries and shellfish harvest (Kovacs, 1998). Proffitt EC; Milbrandt EC; Travis SE, 2006. Siple MC; Donahue MJ, 2013. Bark grey or grey-brown, smooth and thin on small trunks, becoming furrowed and thick on larger ones. Rhizophora mangle (Rhizophoraceae) triterpenoids with insecticidal activity. Flowers usually 2-4 together at leaf bases on forked green stalks, 4-7.5 cm long, slightly fragrant, pale yellow, about 2 cm across. Effective fungicides for the control of Cercospora spot on Rhizophora mangle. Online Database. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); prop roots. Rhizophora mangle is the most widespread mangrove on our planet and colonized with its adaptability and long-living torpedo seeds many parts of the world. It is a valuable plant in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas coastal ecosystems. Assessing mangrove use at the local scale. Tropicos database., St. Louis, Missouri, USA: Missouri Botanical Garden. Rhizophora mangle is often the most seaward-growing species of mangrove in Caribbean and Atlantic mangrove forests (SMSFP 2001b). Influences of salinity and shade on seedling photosynthesis and growth of two mangrove species, Rhizophora mangle and Bruguiera sexangula, introduced to Hawaii. Rhizophora mangle L. In: Handbook of energy crops. Habit and general morphology. Rhizophora mangle develops the for Rhizophora species typical stilt roots or prop roots. Another important component is Avicennia nitida Jacq., the black mangrove, which is restricted to the tidal zone and reaches its most luxuriant development on intertidal mud flats in Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); habit. The hybrid R. x harrisonii (The Plant List 2013), sometimes given specific rank (e.g. Bark gray or gray-brown, smooth and thin on small trunks, becoming furrowed and thick; inner bark reddish or pinkish. January, 2010. The black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and the white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) are able to take up seawater through their roots, but they excrete excess salt through pores, or salt glands, located on the surface of leaves. Example of aerial roots in mangrove forest. The most notable species is the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) but some other species and a few natural hybrids are known. Stilt roots of red mangrove Rhizophora mangle growing directly on lava fields Cecropia tree with stilt roots. Trees tend to be of shorter stature and more spreading in shape on the seaward edge of stands or in areas of higher salinity. Rauzon and Drigot (2003) report the results of 20 years of work using thousands of volunteer hours and more than US$2.5 million of contracted labour to remove 8 hectares of R. mangle in a fishpond complex in Hawaii, using hand tools, chainsaws and heavy equipment. Karen L. McKee, Irving A. Mendelssohn, Mark W. Hester, REEXAMINATION OF PORE WATER SULFIDE CONCENTRATIONS AND REDOX POTENTIALS NEAR THE AERIAL ROOTS OF RHIZOPHORA MANGLE AND AVICENNIA GERMINANS, American Journal of Botany, 10.1002/j.1537-2197.1988.tb14196.x, 75, 9, (1352-1359), (1988). Kealia Pond, Maui, Hawaii, USA. In fact, these structures, known as "aerial roots" or "stilt roots", have proven to be peculiar branches with positive geotropism, which form a large number of roots when in contact with swampy soils. R. mangle commonly forms dense monospecific stands in its native range, or is associated with the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and the white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa) amongst other species. Kealia Pond, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Examples of plants with stilt roots "stilt root" (prop root) A root that arises from the lower bole and that runs obliquely to the ground, as in mangroves and a few palms (Arecaceae). R. mangle is one a of small number of species in this pantropical genus, with six species of Rhizophora noted in the Plant List (2013) and seven by USDA-ARS (2015). The timber is durable and very hard with a specific gravity of 0.89 (0.7-1.2). New York, USA: John Wiley and Sons. R. mangle forests also provide habitat for other exotic species including burrowing predators which impact native benthic communities (Siple and Donahue, 2013). In: Handbook of energy crops, Lafayette, USA: Center for New Crops and Plant Products, Purdue University. Net increases in leaf litter input can decrease dissolved oxygen concentrations, and may compound these impacts in areas with limited tidal flushing by blocking channels and water control structures, further restricting the already limited exchange of water. R. mangle can survive under permanent submersion, resulting from flooding, due to its unique anatomy and physiology (Hill, 2001). Allen JA, 1998. Influence of propagule flotation longevity and light availability on establishment of introduced mangrove species in Hawai'i. R. mangle trees are not tolerant of fire, and have poor coppicing ability (Duke and Allen, 2006). Rhizophora mangle is an evergreen small shrub to medium-sized tree, growing up to 20 m in favourable conditions. These were destroyed in 2002, and surveillance in surrounding areas did not find any other specimens, and as such, it is considered that it may have been eradicated. Bruguiera species in Hawai'i: systematic considerations and ecological implications. Similar species include Avicennia germinans, Laguncularia racemosa, Rhizophora racemosa, Rhizophora samoensis and Rhizophora harrisonii. In its native range, Holm et al. Species Overview. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label. As humans we often see the stilt roots above the water surface, the entangled root system of stilt roots under water can be huge and very impressive, it provides useful services to its environment. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); dense habit. by Theophrastus (Bowman 1917). For more detail on the morphological separation of R. mangle from closely related R. racemosa, R. samoensis and R. harrisonii, see Duke and Allen (2006). http://www.traditionaltree.org. More information about modern web browsers can be found at http://browsehappy.com/. Cutting trees 10 cm above substrate level or to the waterline in stands is likely to kill plants outright. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxon/taxonomysearch.aspx, USDA-NRCS, 2015. However, Csurhes and Shanahan (2012) detail the true situation there, where it should be recorded as eradicated. Duke and Allen (2006) note that introductions to Hawaii and the Society Islands (French Polynesia) were made from populations in Florida. Honolulu, USA: HEAR, University of Hawaii. It has only ever been recorded from the Townsville Palmetum in coastal northern Queensland, the first and only record in Queensland or Australia, where two trees were reported planted, thought to have been ‘gifts’. The sapwood is yellowish to light brown, greyish or pinkish, the heartwood dark red to reddish brown with a fine to medium texture, having a straight to irregular grain, low lustre and no odour, and radial, tangential and volumental shrinkage values of 5.0, 10.7 and 14.3, respectively (Timyan, 1996). Original citation: Timyan (1996, publ. Taller, single-stemmed trees are found most often just behind the water’s edge of stands midstream in major riverine estuaries. Davis SE III; Corronado-Molina C; Childers DL; Day JW Jr, 2003. Rauzon MJ; Drigot DC, 2003. The bark is important commercially in tanning leather, the leaves are also rich in tannin, and dyes are obtained from the bark (Little and Skolmen, 1989). Pacific Science, 60(3):377-383. http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/journals. A number of pests and diseases have been reported in the native range. © Copyright 2020 CAB International. The red mangrove itself is considered an invasive species in some locations, such as Hawaii, … Propagules of Rhizophora mangle are easy to identify for beginners as they are brown at the lower third of the propagule. Most of these species occur in the Indo-Pacific region, with R. mangle being one of the three species that commonly occur in the Americas. The wood of the trunk has a high densite which makes it very attractive for industrial, more details about the usage of Rhizophora mangle can be found at "usage". The bell-shaped pale yellow base (hypanthium) less than 6 mm long bears four widely spreading narrow pale yellow sepals almost 13 mm long, leathery and persistent; four narrow petals 10 mm long, curved downward, whitish but turning brown, white woolly or cottony on inner side; eight stamens; pistil of two-celled ovary mostly inferior but conical at apex, with two ovules in each cell, slender style, and two-lobed stigma. The dispersal and establishment of Red Mangrove Rhizophora in Florida. The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. Extracts from R. mangle are reported to have various medicinal uses, including as a treatment for diarrhea, dysentery, fevers, eye ailments, skin disorders and a range of other diseases, though their effectiveness is not verified, but research does show that bark extracts reduce gastric ulcers, and have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties (Berenguer et al., 2006). Beltsville, Maryland, USA: National Germplasm Resources Laboratory. However, Farnsworth and Ellison (1996) found that R. mangle shows both light demanding and shade tolerant properties, observing changes in the mode and magnitude of its adaptability to light throughout its growth stages. Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); propagules. Limiting nutrients tend to be nitrogen and phosphorous (Davis et al., 2003). A handbook for their identification. Oecologia, 112(4):435-446. Laie Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, USA. The stilt roots of Rhizophora mangle Mangroves can help us solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including improving fish stocks and protecting cities from hurricanes. Impact of ecological factors on the regeneration of mangroves in the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); large trees with aerial prop roots. As an exotic, several reports indicate that R. mangle was introduced to Hawaii in 1902, and there were no mangrove species present prior to this date. R. mangle removal results in gradual changes in community composition and an increase in total faunal abundance, a decrease in subsurface deposit feeders, and an increase in suspension-feeding worms (Siple and Donahue, 2013). Cox EF; Allen JA, 1999. Rhizophora mangle develops little brown fruits which are about 3-5cm small. A propagule vertically outgrows the fruit. L. In: Tropical tree seed manual [ed. Rhizophora mangle is often the most seaward-growing species of mangrove in Caribbean and Atlantic mangrove forests (SMSFP 2001b). April, 2012. Aquatic Botany, 84(2):158-164. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03043770, Méndez Linares AP; López-Portillo J; Hernández-Santana JR; Ortiz Pérez MA; Oropeza Orozco O, 2007. At least five other mangroves or associated species were introduced at the same time, although none of these spread to the extent that R. mangle has, though Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (now identified as B. sexangula (Allen et al. Stilt roots arises from the trunk or branches of the mangrove and grows toward the soil where the stilt root will develop an underground root system. Seagrape Cocoloba uvifera This familiar shoreline tree is easy to identify by its large round leathery leaves. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 448:128-135. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002209811300227X. Bwa yo: important trees of Haiti. It can colonize areas rapidly and form dense, naturally monospecific stands that outcompete other species, and as such is an essential component of native ecosystems, though it is occasionally noted as weedy where native. London, UK: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. McMillan RT Jr, 1984. A Geographical Atlas of World Weeds. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 103(2):194-200. Seedlings in the shade or full sun were seen to grow at different rates, and to differ in a range of morphological characteristics including leaf number, size and shape, specific leaf area, internode length, blade petiole angles, stomatal density and in the ratio of height to crown diameter. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); habit. Landscape and Urban Planning, 43:201-208. It is also one of the tallest, growing more than 22 m. It is easily identified by its "walking" stilt roots that can grow as high as 4.5 m above ground (PUCNCPP, 1983b). The mangrove communities in the Arroyo Seco deltaic fan, Jalisco, Mexico, and their relation with the geomorphic and physical-geographic zonation. Nowadays Rhizophora mangle grows between latitude 25 north and 35 south from the equator. Allen JA; Krauss KW, 2006. Wetlands, 19(3):705-708. Biotropica, 32(2):299-306. http://www.theplantlist.org. Two varieties are noted by the Missouri Botanic Garden (2015), var. Rhizophora mangle (red mangrove); habit. It has only rarely been introduced, and is reported as an alien invasive species only in Hawaii where it was intentionally planted more than a century ago; there it has had a major negative environmental impact on native biodiversity, especially in coastal fish ponds, and has proven difficult to control. Laie Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, USA. Demopoulos AWJ; Smith CR, 2010. Fact sheet FPS-502. R. mangle has a variety of uses, but is used primarily as a source of timber for construction, fencing, firewood and charcoal, for medicinal uses, as a source of tannin, and as a habitat for commercial fisheries and aquaculture (Kovacs, 1998). Egler FE, 1948. In its native habitat it is threatened by invasive species such as the Brazilian pepper tree. The colors of the blossoms are usually white and yellow which car vary from pale yellow to dark yellow. The single seed germinates inside the fruit, forming the long narrow first root (radicle), green except for brown enlarged and pointed end, up to 13 mm in diameter. Rhizophora mangle. 607. Rhizophora mangle grows along the coast and sometimes directly in the ocean near the coast, often in areas where rivers flow into the ocean, soils are very nutritious and where humidity is between 60 to 80 percent and the air temperature is between 25 to 30�C. Rhizophora mangle, the Red Mangrove, is probably the best known mangrove of all mangroves and belongs to the "true mangroves". Estuaries and Coasts, 29(6):972-978. It was intentionally planted on the island of Molokai, apparently by the American Sugar Company, primarily for the purpose of stabilizing coastal mudflats, and was planted in salt marshes on Oahu in 1922 (Little and Skolmen, 1989). Under these conditions Rhizophora mangle is able to reach a height of up to 35 meters but usually stops between 10 to 20 meters.

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