Fig. 1 Workmen installing a thatch roof. The roof is laid in a similar way as one lays a shingle roof, starting at the edge and working up. The thatch can be tied with a vine (

Fig. 3) or any other durable material, nylon cord, wire, etc. (Fido's Hotel)

Fig. 2 Completed thatch roof. The upright posts are mangrove trunks and other bush hardwoods.

Fig. 3 Vine used in tying thatch to the roof framework.

Fig. 4 Christmas Palm with arrows pointing to the reproductive berries. The berries were red when this photograph was taken. (Barrier Reef Hotel)

Fig. 5 Red mangrove hypocotyls (embryonic plants) illustrated at about 1/4 life size. Note the large elliptical, bluntly pointed leaves.

Fig. 6 Red mangrove prop roots extending offshore. Note the black mangrove pneumatophores (at arrow), among the red mangrove prop roots. This is an example of sediment trapping leading to island growth.

Fig. 7 Red mangroves along the edge of Boca del Rio just north of San Pedro illustrating the dense tangle prop roots can make.

Fig. 8 Black mangrove pneumatophores at high spring tide where only the tips protrude above water (arrow). Note the dessication cracks (arrow) formed when the mud was exposed to drying during normal low tide.

Fig. 9 Black mangrove propagules (embryonic plants) still attached to a branch (arrow). Note the lanceolate pointed leaves.

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