The Florida gopher tortoise is listed as a Threatened Species. Please look under your car when backing out of parking spaces, drive slowly and stay on marked trails or the boardwalk. 

White Mangrove

(Laguncularia racemosa)

The White Mangrove is the most versatile of the three. They are usually upland of the Black Mangroves. Its ovate leaf has a smooth, leathery upper side with lighter mid-vein. The underside is a lighter green with a more prominent vein. At the base of the leaf on the front are two nodules. These nodules secrete nectar. This mangrove can excrete or exclude salt. White Mangroves are fast growing trees reaching up to 80 feet. Tiny, white flowers appear in spring or early summer. Almond shaped fruits follow in the fall. The fruit germinates on the tree and the seedling falls into water; it can be viable for 30 days.

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