Species in development: vegetation
With a geological age of less than 4 million years and barely 4 centuries of settlementScroll
This evergreen tree blooms during summer, which distinguishes it from the other Sophora better known as "the small tamarind of the Heights".
It can be found in particular in Cilaos, on average altitude.
Although believed to be strictly endemic to Mauritius, it has recently been discovered in certain ravines on the island. Despite a trunk of more than three feet in diameter, it has long gone unnoticed, not even bearing a common name.
Dombeya sp. (female)
Phylogeny recently helped it differentiate from his cousin the Dombeya ciliata.
It has a larger trunk and a very odorous winter flower. It can be found all over the island, on low and average altitude.
Dombeya sp. (male)
This "small mallow", often confused with the Dombeya ficulnea, possesses a magnificent silver foliage and blooms in the summer. This sub-shrub of less than 4 feet high can be found all around the island, between 1200 and 2200 feet of altitude.
From the green mountain forests to the sun scorched savannas, from the smoldering lava flows to the comforting water of the lagoons, each landscape is as much a joy for the eye as a remarkable biotope.
Man, plants and animals share the same history: they came from the four corners of the world to colonise an untouched island.
Carried by the winds or the waves, fauna and flora species became endemic of Reunion Island, before reproducing or transforming into a whole new species.
It is surprising that even today, passionate volunteers and professional scientists are regularly finding and identifying new species. Mild temperatures make the island an extraordinary tropical garden with a thousand shapes and a thousand colors: more than six hundred plant species flourish here.
A volcanic eruption brings new fish to the surface, an original exploration technique reveals tiny insects and enlightened researchers baptise new trees, birds, ferns, orchids, shells and butterflies.
With global warming and the expansion of human activities making us fear the worst for our ecosystems, the fact that we do not fully know their inventories, makes the implementation of protection measures and the necessary behaviour change even more evident.
The inhabitants of Reunion Island, who are aware of this privilege of living every day on an exceptional and fragile island, are please to offer tourists the chance to discover and rediscover it.
In 2010, the international year of biodiversity, Reunion Island will be at the center stage of sustainable tourism every day. And those who borrow the paths of "Roche Écrite", be attentive to the delicate scent of a buttercup described above...