Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | November 30, 2011


I was reading about the new Paradisus La Esmeralda resort – Opening November 30th, 2011 and came across a a word i had seen before, but didn’t know what exactly it is… Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda is a luxury family-friendly All-Inclusive resort, located in a stunning bay surrounded by a lush tropical mangrove preserve and with views of Cozumel Island.

There’s  that word again mangrove Ive seen it before, but i realized i had never tried to find out what exactly a mangrove is or why it was given that name. I looked to find the definition to solve my first question.

Mangrove: any tropical evergreen tree or shrub of the genus Rhizophora, having stiltlike intertwining aerial roots and growing below the highest tide levels in estuaries and along coasts, forming dense thickets: family Rhizophoraceae

I kind of figured it would have something to do with a plant or tree since the word grove is in its name. Grove: a small wood or forested area, usually with no undergrowth: a grove of pines. Though, judging by the name alone, i thought it meant mango grove or something. Good thing i googled it.

Then to solve my next question i turn to Wikipedia to figure out why they are called mangroves.

Mangroves are various kinds of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics – mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S.

The word is used in at least three senses: (1) most broadly to refer to the habitat and entire plant assemblage or mangal,[1] for which the terms mangrove forest biome, mangrove swamp and mangrove forest are also used, (2) to refer to all trees and large shrubs in the mangrove swamp, and (3) narrowly to refer to the mangrove family of plants, the Rhizophoraceae, or even more specifically just to mangrove trees of the genus Rhizophora.

These plants are very useful in keeping shore lines from eroding into the ocean, but they are also threatened world wide.

I thought i would share this with you guys in case, like me, you were really curious about what they were and why they had that name or you encountered something like it and didn’t know what it was. Hopefully you found this bit of information enlightening and if you have personal pictures i would love to see them.  I hope you learned something today, i know i did.

To get a more in depth look at mangroves and the threats that endanger their existence check out national geographic by clicking here

For more information about mangroves from Wikipedia click here

By Richie Motz

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