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On the halophytic nature of mangroves

Trees: Structure and Function

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DOI: 10.1007/s00468-012-0767-7

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Abstract

Scientists have discussed the halophytic nature of intertidal plants for decades, and have generally suggested that inherent differentiation of an obligate halophyte from a facultative halophyte relates strongly to whether the plant can survive in fresh water, and not much else. In this mini-review, we provide additional insight to support the pervasive notion that mangroves as a group are truly facultative halophytes, and thus add discourse to the alternate view that mangroves have an obligate salinity requirement. Indeed, growth and physiological optima are realized at moderate salinity concentrations in mangroves, but we maintain the notion that current evidence suggests that survival is not dependent upon a physiological requirement for salt.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
On the halophytic nature of mangroves
Series title:
Trees: Structure and Function
DOI:
10.1007/s00468-012-0767-7
Volume
27
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Springer
Publisher location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Trees: Structure and Function
First page:
7
Last page:
11
Country:
United States