What is a Bakawan?

Bakawan | Image Source: Creative Common License (Flickr)


Bakawan (Rhizopora Mucromata) is a type of tree that grows in seawater and river water.

It is usually seen growing near the ocean.

Its roots are unique because they can live on the surface or underwater. Its roots have special properties that enable it to live on both surfaces and under water.

This tree usually grows from two (2) to ten (10) meters in height.

The term “bakawan” has another definition or meaning.

The term bakawan can refer to a large tree or mangrove tree (bakawan), a place in the center between land and an ocean where fish are located.

The mangrove tree is said to be the source of the material used in boat making and furniture making.

It is also used for charcoal making.

The extract of leaves and bark is used as a coloring component. It can also contain food such as honey, vinegar, and oil used for cooking.

Mangrove (Bakawan) is very important to our environment.

It provides shelter not only to fish but also to birds and other wild beasts. It also helps clean up the air and waterways because of its strong leaves and roots.

It also protects the nearby houses and shelters because it prevents wind gusts and waves from the ocean especially during the storm or tropical cyclones.

The bakawan is also called

  • bakaw,
  • bakawang babae,
  • bakhaw,
  • bako,
  • bukaw,
  • mangrove, and
  • tagasa

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