Department of Nature and Environment wants in connection with this day to highlight the importance of one of our mangroves species, the Shimaron Mangle (Laguncularia Racemosa).
This in connection with the International Day for the conservation of the mangroves.
On a global scale, awareness is given to the importance of preserving our nature and life on earth, according to the Sustainable Development Goals. To be more specific the SDG15: to preserve life and nature on earth.
With this goal in mind, it is important for Aruba to protect the mangrove population.
In the past, it was inaccurately named the Red Mangle, and since the English name is White Mangrove, they changed the name to Shimaron Mangle to avoid confusions.
This mangrove does not grow any taller than 6 meters and produces small white flowers of about 5 mm. The inedible fruit is flat, has a green color and is about 1-2 cm long and 1 cm wide. The fruit has a wing-shaped form with a small red seed. Germination of this seed is called vivipary.
The Shimaron Mangle is the least common of all sorts of mangroves. The Shimaron mangle is recognizable for its reddish shine as a young plant with light green oval-shaped leaves. The Shimaron mangle absorbs the seawater with its roots and exceeds the salt through the buds underneath the leaves. The flowers are nectar enriched and a good source of honey production. In many countries, they use the medicinal properties by boiling tea from the trunk to treat bloody diarrhea. In Aruba the Shimaron mangle is found at the Baby beach, Spaans Lagoen, Mangel Halto, and Santo Largo. The Shimaron mangle population is declining.
The provided information by the Department of Nature and Environment is to enlighten and make people aware of the importance of the local flora and fauna. It is also important to point out that the four mentioned mangles are all protected by law in article 4, paragraph 1 and 2 in addition to article 26 paragraph of the Nature protection Ordinance (AB1995no2).