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Mangrove, a hostile environment for most plants
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The flora of the New Caledonian mangrove is dominated by the Rhizophora mangroves, which occupy 55% of its total surface, and by the Avicennia (14%). The unstable, flooded, salty and poorly oxygenated mangrove soil is a hostile environment for most plants ; those which survive have adapted by developing aerial roots or systems of salt excretion through their leaves.
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