Pedada (Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl.)
Pedada is a mangrove tree species that grows up to 20 meters. The base of its trunk is surrounded by pencil-like pneumatophores (vertical roots arising from shallow, horizontal roots).
It is usually found along the upper stretches of tidal streams.
Mangroves, like Pedada, support rich biodiversity and serve as a valuable nursery habitat for fish and crustaceans. Mangroves also act as a form of natural coastal defense against storm surges and erosion, among others.
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