Coastal Vegetation #1

This topic submitted by Mary Keppler ( at 9:03 PM on 3/29/05.

Acropora palmata is an important indicator species of barrier reefs in the tropical Atlantic. Fire coral are also abundant in the Bahamas.

Tropical Field Courses -Western Program-Miami University

I would like to incorporate ten plants which inhabit the coast regions of San Salvador and southern Florida into our curriculum. I feel it is important to be aware of what the various vegetation in your immediate surroundings is used for. This knowledge can be applied in endless situations. I will focus on ten species in my report: Avicennia germinans, Borrichia arborescens, Coccoloba uvifera, Ipomoea pes caprae, Mallotonia gnaphalodes, Rhizophora mangle, Syringodium liforme, Thalassia testudium, Uniola paniculta, and Scaevola plumieri. Each plant will be phenotypically described (in addition to a photo), the families represented will be discussed, and unique characteristics of each species will be presented. Depending on the time of the presentation, actual samples of the plant could be shared.

Garibaldi, Cristina. "Avicennia germinans." (1992): 315-318.

Gerace, Donald T. , Gary K. Ostrander, and Garriet W. Smith. "Environment and development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands: San Salvador, Bahamas." 20 Mar 2005 .

Gilman, Edward F. “Borrichia arboescens.” University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences October 1999.

Gilman, Edward F. "Scaevola plumieri." University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences October 1999.

Meerow, Alan W. "Native Ground Covers for South Florida." University of Florida IFAS Extension September 2001.

Duke, James A. 1983. Handbook of Energy Crops. unpublished.

Yogi, Julie, Melvin Wong, and David Hensley. "Salt and wind tolerance for landscape plants in Hawaii." University of Hawaii and Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources September 1996: 13-22.

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