Avicennia germinans, the Black mangrove;
Monroe county, Florida (14 March 2023).
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The Black mangrove is one of our dominant native-species of mangrove around the Florida peninsula. Unlike some other mangroves, the Black mangrove does not grow upon prop roots. Instead, it sports a network of pneumatophores, aerating roots that stick up from the ground and allow the plant to “breathe” even when salt water covers the ground level.