Elaeocarpus bojeri

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Elaeocarpus bojeri
Elaeocarpus bojeri -foliage - Mauritius.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Oxalidales
Family: Elaeocarpaceae
Genus: Elaeocarpus
Species: E. bojeri
Binomial name
Elaeocarpus bojeri
R.E. Vaughan

Elaeocarpus bojeri, also known under the common name Bois Dentelle (lit.: wood lace, descriptive of its delicate white flowers)[2] is a species of flowering plant in the Elaeocarpaceae family, growing to a height of 3 m. It flowers from July to September.[1]

Conservation[edit]

Elaeocarpus bojeri seed pods, in the gardens of Monvert Nature Park

The species is found only in Mauritius, where fewer than 10 individuals are known to exist at Ganga Talao; it is listed as one of The World's 100 Most Threatened Species.[1] It is not threatened because it is itself exploited, but because its environment is being overrun by more commercially attractive alien species such as Guava and Litsea monopetala.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Page, W. (1998). "Elaeocarpus bojeri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1998: e.T30553A9562599. 
  2. ^ a b Atlas Obscura: The Last Two Bois Dentelle Trees Visited 21 May 2016.