Bakau Kurap (Rhizophora mucronata), Mangrove restored by the Honko project, on the road to Ifaty, near Belalanda (known as Ambondrolava), southwestern coast of Madagascar, north of Toliara
Jean-Philippe Delobelle / Biosphoto
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Shooting date : 2016-07-12
The red mangrove is characterized by its aerial prop roots, remarkabla adaptation to both the lack of oxygene in mangrove muds and to the instability of the ground relentlessly shaken by tides and tropical storms. This species is viviparous: its seeds or propagules can directly root when the fall from the tree and quickly develop as soon as the conditions are favourable. Despite their huge environmental and climatic importance (CO2 collection), mangroves are highly threatened biomes for various reasons: deforestation, shrimp farming, various construction.