- Mangroves live in wet saline habitats and reproduce through viviparity
- The term "mangrove" refers to certain species of plant life or to the entire plant community which includes individual mangrove species
- There are more than 50 species within 12 families of mangroves distributed worldwide along tropical coastlines
Another use of the term "mangrove" includes the entire plant community including the individual mangrove species. Terms such as tidal forest, tidal swamp forest, mangrove community, mangrove forest, mangal, and mangrove swamp are synonymous with "mangrove".