- Grey Mangrove
Leathery oval leaves arranged in an alternate pattern on stems. Lower branches often horizontal. Lateral roots with peg-like upright breathing roots (pneumatophores). Leaves dark or olive green on top, white to grey underneath, bark grey. Flower clusters orange, fruits avocado shaped and pale green to yellow, furry, losing their outer coating when dropped (then propagules). Up to 4 m high.
These plants were cleared extensively by early settlers for soap making, lime burning and timber. They provide an important buffer against erosion due to their ability to trap sediment with their roots. Mangroves also filter the water from land improving water quality. Ecologically they are important: as habitats for many shellfish, crabs and fish, and also as roosting and feeding areas for bats, and native and migratory birds. The same species of mangrove grows to 10 meters high in the tropics of Australia.
Intertidal soft sediments and occasionally basalt rocks, bays, inlets and estuaries, to depth of 50 cm.
Photosynthetic - sunlight
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Rare
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern