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Common mangroves

There are 39 species of mangroves in Queensland. Six of the more common mangroves are described here to help you recognise these marine plants.

  • Photograph of yellow mangrove tree Yellow mangrove

    Yellow mangrove is found on firm, peaty, well drained mud or sand clays and is located across northern Australia.

  • Photograph of milky mangrove Milky mangrove

    Recognising common mangroves - milky mangrove

  • Photograph of a grey mangrove Grey mangrove

    Recognising common mangroves - grey mangrove

  • Photograph of a red mangrove Red mangrove

    Recognising common mangroves - red mangrove

  • Photograph of an orange mangrove Orange mangrove

    Orange mangrove is located across northern Australia and is often found in firm, well drained, muddy soil.

  • Photograph of river mangroves along a river bank River mangrove

    The river mangrove is a common species in southern Queensland and grows on poorly drained mud.


  • Clough, BF (ed.) 1982, 'Mangrove ecosystems in Australia: structure, function and management', Australian Institute of Marine Science, ANU Press, Chifley, ACT.
  • Dowling, RM 1986, The mangrove vegetation of Moreton Bay, 'Queensland Botany Bulletin No. 6', Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Brisbane.
  • Duke, NC 2006, 'Australia's mangroves: the authoritative guide to Australia's mangrove plants', The University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Lear, R & Turner, T 1977, 'Mangroves of Australia', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane.
  • Lovelock, C 1993, 'Field guide to the mangroves of Queensland', Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland.

Further information

Last updated 05 February 2014