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The orchid

A flower with many virtues

The orchid – with a wide range of forms and colours – is a fascinating flower. This magnificent plant can be found in all the gardens of the Creole “cases” (houses) and in practically all types of Reunion Island vegetation including forests and at high altitude. 

Considered by some to be the queen of flowers, it requires careful attention to ensure its beauty persists.

Discover different species in the beautiful gardens on the island: Jardin Botanique de la Réunion, Mascarin, in Saint-Leu, Jardin des Parfums et des Epices in Saint-Philippe and the Jardin d’Eden in Saint-Gilles.

The cosmetic benefits of orchids

The orchid

Skin anti-ageing properties

The orchid contain zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron and copper

Moisturises the skin

The orchid swells on contact with the skin

Restructures hair fibres

Thanks to its moisturising and antioxidant properties, the orchid smooths and replenishes hair fibres.