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 underwater.

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 storm or tropical cyclones.

The term “mangrove” or bakawan covers any of the 70 or so species of shrubs or trees that grow in saline or blackish water. Each kind of mangrove is uniquely suited to its ecological niche, and the wrong kind in the wrong place won’t survive.

Mangroves are important ecosystems that provide livelihoods for coastal communities, as well as protection from waves and water movements. In addition, mangroves are important in mitigating climate change. A hectare of mangrove forests can store up to five times more carbon than most tropical forests around the world.

The bakawan is also called

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

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