White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)
White Mangrove Leaves
Occupying land higher than both Red & Black mangroves, the White mangrove has no visible aerial root structures. A unique feature of White mangrove is found at the base of its yellowish-green leaves. There, two glands excrete salt that has been taken up by the underground roots. Therefore, salt crystals can commonly be found, sometimes in relatively large amounts, on the leaves of the White mangrove.
Similar to the Black mangroves on Bimini, White mangroves can be found on South & East Bimini, and to a lesser extent on North.
Many of the small lizards found around Bimini use the branches and trunks of the White mangroves as perches for basking and hunting, as well as several bird species, including the Belted Kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon) and several different species of Gulls (Larus spp.).