‘Slime-suckled mangrove … its muddy truckling/with time and tide’. So wrote New Zealand poet Allen Curnow of this intriguing tree. Around the Hokianga Harbour, pictured here, a mangrove forest forms a fringe between the tidal muds and the land. The breathing roots or pneumatophores of the mangroves are noticeable here, extending from the stems of the trees into the low-tide muds.
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Photograph by Jock Phillips
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