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We all know mangroves serve as habitat for crustaceans and fish, and nesting habitat for many coastal birds including brown pelicans. But let’s not forget about the bees! Black mangrove flowers produce sufficient nectar for bees and honey production. In fact, Keez Beez in Marathon specializes in raw black mangrove honey — rich, dark, and strong flavored.

The black mangrove can be identified by finger-like projections, called pneumatophores, that protrude from the soil around the tree’s trunk. These breather roots allow root respiration in anaerobic, waterlogged soils.

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