Department of Nature and Environment wants in connection with this day to highlight the importance of one of our mangroves species, the Mangel Tam.
The “Tam” mangle’s local name originated a century ago when cotton threads were braided with agave to be used as fishing line. The lines were smeared with the mangrove’s seed to avoid rot. The level of salt within the seed is concentrated and preserves the seeds.
The Tam Mangle grows in extreme habitats, where they thrive in brackish water on the water’s edge. One of the characteristics of the Tam Mangle is their prominent prop roots which extend into the water from higher up on the stem of the plant. They provide support to the plant in both water and mud. It provides shelter and nourishment to many small fish, shells and other marine organisms. The roots also function as a filter, producing freshwater by excreting the salt from the water. They protect the soil and coastline from erosion and damages from hurricanes.
The seeds of the Tam Mangle have a sharp point and upon falling off the mangroves it penetrates the soil or drifts until it reaches the soil and grows. The Tam Mangle has a dark green leave with bright yellow blossom.
There are several uses for the Tam Mangle, one being root tea given to children to avoid bed wetting. The Tam Mangle is spotted in Spaans Lagoen, Mangel Halto and Santo Largo in Savaneta.