|Hosted by a mangrove tree|
Did you know that mangroves are one of the only trees that can live in salty water? They grow in swamps and estuaries and bayous, places where the sea and freshwater rivers combine. Some deal with the salt by just… well, dealing with it, tolerating it at a cellular level. Some filter it out at the roots. Some actually push it out again - the leaves grow salt crystals as the tree secretes it. That’s why when you see a mangrove swamp, they’re pretty much the only plants in it - other plants can’t live where mangroves live, and mangroves can’t live where other plants can.
Also, they’re really pretty.
…that’s it, there’s no deeper meaning or metaphor here. I just think mangroves are pretty cool.
Do you know any interesting trivia about plant life? Have you ever kayaked through a mangrove swamp? Do you find swamps in general to be starkly beautiful examples of unspoiled nature, or muggy buggy disease-and-alligator-ridden places that air conditioning was invented to protect against? (As a native Floridian, it’s totally ok to hold both views simultaneously!)