Plate 21

Figure 17.5 Thematic map of mangrove leaf area 
index (LAI) for mangroves on the north-west of 
South Caicos Island. Mangrove LAI has been 
categorised into 5 categories with progressively 
brighter shades representing progressively higher 
LAIs. Comparison of this figure with Figure 10.9  
(Plate 11) indicates that LAI values of >8 were 
only found in a few patches of tall Rhizophora 
mangle
, and that most of the tall Rhizophora and 
tall mixed mangrove community had LAIs of 6-8. 
Short, high density Rhizophora and much of the 
Avicennia germinans
stands had LAIs of 4-6.