Avicennia marina, commonly known as the Gray Mangrove or White Mangrove, is a tree species that thrives in the intertidal zones of estuarine areas. Its unique characteristics make it a standout in the world of Mangroves!
Gray Mangroves typically grow as shrubs or trees, reaching heights of 3 to 10 meters (9.8 to 32.8 feet) but can stretch up to 14 meters (46 feet) in tropical regions. They feature a gnarled arrangement of multiple branches with smooth light-gray bark composed of thin, stiff, brittle flakes. The leaves are thick, 5 to 8 centimeters (2.0 to 3.1 inches) long, glossy green on the upper surface, and silvery-white or gray on the underside, with tiny matted hairs. Aerial roots, known as pneumatophores, help the tree absorb oxygen, a vital necessity in its habitat, and anchor it in soft tidal substrates.