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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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Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Yellow crazy ants discovered at new site in Cairns

Authorities are working to contain a small outbreak of yellow crazy ants discovered in a south Cairns suburb.... READ MORE

Submissions for Rainforest Aboriginal grants opened

Submissions for Rainforest Aboriginal grants opened

EoI sought from Rainforest Aboriginal people. Funding from $5,000 to $15000 available for small and medium sized projects. Closes 31 March 2017. ... READ MORE

Cape Tribulation boardwalk undergoes upgrade

Cape Tribulation boardwalk undergoes upgrade

Wet Tropics Management Authority has worked with several organisations to assist in the upgrade of an important boardwalk within the World Heri... READ MORE