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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Silver surfer, Feb 2, 2019.
Help requested please.
Taken in Mauritius
I'm sorry, this is not an answer. But have you seen this page on stamps of Mauritius, endemic and indigenous plants? That's pretty impressive.
The Philatelist’s Pick: Flora & Fauna of Mauritius – Part I: Endemic & indigenous plants
Thanks...I checked all those stamp plants to see if they held the answers to the 14 unidentified plants I have...no luck unfortunately.
We visited the Botanical garden in Mauritius twice.....it was so very hot and humid couldn't do it all in one session.
We expecting to find many rare /unusual trees/shrubs.
It was more like a park with huge evergreen trees and lots of palm trees.
Sadly it was virtually devoid of any colourful flowers and labels were a rarity.
There was a guide, once upon a time, 1822: Catalogue of exotic plants cultivated in the island of Mauritius : - Biodiversity Heritage Library
(I've looked through Tropical and Subtropical Trees: An Encyclopedia for all of these, and nothing leapt out at me)
This shrub/tree was most attractive with a sprinkling of these pale pink flowers..dainty leaves.
I bought a few books to take but sadly they just have all the common stuff.
Heavy book "Flora of the Seychelles" is excellent but limited...managed to get a few id's in that.
Maybe these plants come from Africa?
I have tried e mailing various people in Mauritius.
No response at all from a couple
A botanist at the University has been very helpful...but don't want to bombard him.
He gave me one good answer.
Found a Kersley Pynee who has a perfect CV...but cannot seem to get an e mail address for him
Try kpynee at govmu.org
Thanks Daniel..will do!
Will keep you posted.
I feel I have done fairly well .....but stubborn 11 plants still remain a mystery.
2,400 plant pics so far labelled.
Yesterday I sent an email to Claudia at the Herbarium in Mauritius.
Today I got an instant reply.
"Plant 1 (white flowers, the 'pink' is because the flowers are getting older and the light on them): Coffea myrtifolia (Mascarene endemic)"
I am so thrilled to at last get a name for this very dainty elegant tree/shrub.