White Mangrove - Laguncularia racemosa
White Mangrove is the solitary North American representative of a small genus. It grows at the southern tip of Florida where it often forms thickets on wet ground. The trees are dioecious and reach about 60 feet in height. In muddy substrates they develop specialized roots above the water, increasing respiration for the trees. The bark is reddish-brown and develops scaly ridges, and the trees grow rapidly, flowering at an early age. The leaves are rounded or notched at the tip, leathery, and dark green above. The small flowers have 5 white petals,and the reddish fruit is ribbed.