Agricultural land with tea and sugar cane plantations covers more than half of the island. Other agriculture goods are bananas, potatoes, coconuts and cereals. Inland plateau hosts a number of ficus species, hibiscus and eucalyptus, wetlands mangroves and palm trees. Flowering buganviliea, frangipane (Michelia champaca), hibiscus, lotus and Victoria regia. And botanic garden in Pamplemousses is not to be missed - over 50 different palm tree species, plethora of bamboos and other tropical trees.
Flower symbol of Mauritius1
1 Fragrant frangipane bush flower (Michelia champaca, plumeria tree) was picked as the symbol of Mauritius.
Red flowering hibiscus2
2 This a special kind of hibiscus - Hibiscus schizopetalus, originating from Madagascar, but popular in whole East Africa.
Weed can be beautiful3
3 We found these flowers on the plateau.
Victoria Regia4
4 This marvellous and large pond is in the botanical garden in Pamplemousses (center of the island). Victoria regia originates from Amazonia. Its leaf can carry a baby and the flower only lasts 48 hours. It florishes first as white, by end of the first day it turns pink and by end of its blossoming it is dark violet.
5 Lotus pond is also in botanical garden in Pamplemousses (center of the island) right next to Victoria Regia pond.
6 Pleasant decoration in the irrigation canal of the botanical garden.
7 Spiral palm trees in the botanical garden, Pamplemousses.
Tea plantation8
8 Tea plantations are located on the plateau. Tea from Mauritius is as famous and as good as true Sri Lankan (Ceylon) tea.
Sugar cane field9
9 Lowlands land is taken by sugar cane. Fields cover 95% of all available soil.
10 Shore of the southwest of Mauritius is strengthened by newly planted mangroves.
Flower in the forest11
11 Found it in the tropical forest on the way from the plateau.
Trees in tropical forest12
12 These trees are found in Riviere noire national park.
13 Could be cousin of frangipane, national flower.