Contributions to the ecology of halophytes

Volume 2 of the series Tasks for vegetation science pp 35-60

The biogeography of mangroves

  • Hartmut BarthAffiliated withFB 5 Biologie/Chemie Arbeitsgruppe Ökologie, Universität Osnabrück

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The determination of a number of mangrove species in a particular location of the world requires first the definition of the word ‘mangrove’: This term has a double meaning: 1) it is used for a mainly woody plant formation, distributed in the tropical or subtropical tidal zone between the lowest and highest tide water mark; 2) it is used for a plant speciesof this formation. These species are usually woody.