Yellow Mangrove

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Ceriops tagal

Family : Rhizophoraceae

The Yellow Mangrove is a small tree, typically growing to 10 metres. The leaves of the trees are opposite with notched, blunt tips. These have a distinctive yellowishgreen colour and are stiff and brittle. The trunk is often buttressed and pale. These trees can be seen in large stands in mangrove areas.

Flowers of this tree are small and white, appearing in the base of the leaves in dense clusters. The cone-shaped fruits are viviparious, meaning that they sprout to form a long pendulous seedling before they fall from the tree.

The Yellow Mangrove is a vital plant for shelter and nesting for many mangrove birds, fish and crustacean species. It is a nursery for a lot of marine life and supplies them with many essential nutrients. These are common in mangroves and intertidal zones.


Quick Facts

Flowers June to December
Fruit June to December
Coastal Zone Mangroves
Fauna Habitat Birds, Flying Foxes, Crustaceans, Insects and Others
Growth Habit Tree
Typical Height <10m
Soils Mud or Sand
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Likes to be wet and tolerates tidal inundation
Salt Tolerance Extremely tolerant, has special adaptations for salt


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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