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Avicennia marina (Grey Mangrove)

This is the most widespread species of all mangrove species and grows between the land and the sea in the tidal zone. This tree produces the only mangrove fruits eaten by Aboriginal people, however, to remove the toxins they are first soaked in mangrove mud for three to seven days until they turn black. The orange flowers produce a delicious honey and native beehives are often found in hollow branches. The small, green seed pods are produced at any time of the year, and each contains a single seed. Be aware as the seeds are poisonous!

Traditionally the branches were used for shades and when burnt they even kept the sandflies away! Avicennia marina has been reported to tolerate extreme weather conditions, high winds, and various pests and diseases and regenerates fast after cyclones.

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