Which tree grows on stilts?
Mangrove trees live in estuaries near the ocean's edge where freshwater and saltwater mix. Most mangrove estuaries are found in tropical and subtropical climates near the equator, including coastal Florida, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and parts of Africa. These trees have waxy leaves and an elaborate root system that branches from the stem and helps prop up the tree, which appears to be growing on stilts. The protected waters between the mangrove roots are a breeding ground for fish, crabs, and birds. The tree's decaying leaves fall into the water and provide nutrients for animals and plants. Mangroves help protect coastlines by trapping soil and sediment and reducing erosion caused by waves and tides.