Mangrove Interpretation


Rhizophora mucronata
The Red Mangrove

Illustration: Adittya V. Dharap, Godrej Efacec Automation & Robotics Ltd.

hizophora mucronata is an evergreen mangrove variety identified by its prominent stilt roots, the pointed apex of its leaves and numerous black spots on the ventral side of each leaf. The tree is commonly called the red mangrove because of its red bark and roots. It is also known as the "pioneer species", because it is usually one of the first species to establish itself in unstable areas during forest formation and is then followed by other species.

The wood of the red mangrove is used the world over in construction, for fish traps, house frames, pilings and poles.

Laxmikant T. Deshpande
Mangrove Section