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How do mangroves tolerate salt?

Living with Salt

Mangroves, like desert plants, have special adaptations for growing in low moisture and high salt conditions. In estuarine and coastal environments, salinity levels of interstitial and flooding waters are often widely variable being affected by tidal fluctuations, seasonal rainfall and river flows. Over time, a combination of strategies have shaped the diversity and character of the plants. One strategy for coping with high concentrations of salt is special salt-excreting glands on leaves. Another is the exclusion of salt from entering roots with water uptake. In general, each species has mechanisms to regulate levels of salt in sap. This is further assisted by ridding salt with old leaves, bark and wood.

Australia's Mangroves - the book

The authoritative guide to Australia’s mangrove plants.

Author: Norm Duke, Design & Layout: Diana Kleine. To see more details of this book - click on the link below

Australia's Mangroves - the book

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  • Mangrove Hub Facilitator
  • Dr Norm Duke
  • MangroveWatch Ltd
    ABN: 44 153 297 771
  • PO Box 1250,
  • Elanora Q 4221
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