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Avicennia germinans

BLACK MANGROVE

Florida native

 

The most wide ranging of the mangroves in Florida, black mangroves can be found in coastal counties as far north as St. Johns County on the east coast and Levy County on the west, plus Taylor and Franklin Counties. Also occurs in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. The range includes Mexico, much of the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America,
One of the most distinctive features of Avicennia germinans are the pneumatophores. These are erect aerial roots that allow the plant to breathe. They are narrow. mostly straight, vertical roots that resemble skinny stalagmites surrounding the plant. Black mangroves have small tubular flowers with four white petals that are borne in conical clusters. The fruit is a flattened green pod from 3-5 cm long, asymmetrical in shape with pointed apices, somewhat resembling a large misshapen lima bean.

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Avicennia germinans is a member of the Verbenaceae - Verbena family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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