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Mangroves

Mangrove forests

The Wet Tropics has one of the highest diversity of mangrove trees and shrubs in the world (about 30 species). They can be found all along the coastline, including city areas like Cairns. Significant mangrove zones are the Hinchinbrook Channel, the north bank of the Daintree River and Alexandra Bay north of the Daintree River. Mangroves may form mixed forests with palms and vine forests. The mangrove zone has a rich and varied epiphytic flora, including ferns of the genus Drynaria, orchids of the genus Dendrobium and the ant plant, Mymecodia becarii.

 

Mangrove grasslands and herblands

The mangrove zone may also contain grasslands and herblands on the landward side, often as extensive flats forming a sparsely vegetation corridor between terrestrial ecosystems and mangrove forests. The community generally forms in response to desiccation between tidal flooding episodes, leading to hypersalinity which is often evident as salt crusting on the soil surface.

 

More information

See our mangroves page under plant diversity for lots more information about individual plants that thrive in the mangroves and make it such a complex ecosystem.

 

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New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

A host of new and exciting roles have emerged within Wet Tropics Management Authority's Yellow Crazy Ants Eradication Program (YCAEP).... READ MORE

Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

The search for a plane that crashed into far north Queensland rainforest 50 years ago has ended.... READ MORE

'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

Talented young artists are fashioning the final casts, cuts and hews to their amazing artworks this week.... READ MORE