The flowering plants in Madagascar
The Madagascar flora has had many millennia to create an almost paradisiacal state for itself, completely independent of developments in the rest of the world. That is why today many Plant species in Madagascar endemic. This in turn means that they are only at home on the island. Many plant species native to Madagascar need the Climate and the growing conditions of the island and can live in no other place on this earth as well and healthy as in their homeland. Still other plants are nowadays at home all over the world and are cultivated in botanical gardens or even in the domestic flower pot. For nature lovers and flower lovers, the conditions on Madagascar are even today paradisiacal. This is due to the immense splendor that the world of flowering plants holds in Madagascar. The number of Flowering plants in Madagascar is almost impossible to determine exactly, because many species even today have not been discovered and cataloged. This in turn means that you too can be on a Trip to Madagascar basically have the chance to create a still completely undiscovered plant species to discover. If this were then also a plant with a breathtakingly beautiful flower, this Madagascar vacation certainly an unforgettable experience. But even without the discovery of a still unknown plant species, a nature trip to Madagascar is an adventure you should not miss. We offer you different Completely assembled travel packages where, among other things, you can also numerous flowering plants on Madagascar can discover. The following information should provide a first outlook on the possibilities.
The orchids of Madagascar
Among the best known plant species of Madagascar are probably the Orchids. Of these exciting plants, with their delicacy and their spectacular floral splendor inspires, there are more than 1.000 different species on Madagascarthat cannot be discovered anywhere else.
Many of the famous Orchids in Madagascar are so rare that they are currently even Endangered by extinction are. Their adaptation to a very specific habitat is often their undoing. Many orchids on Madagascar do not grow in the soil, but on other plants. The biological technical term for this is Epiphyt. Especially trees are used by many Madagascar orchids preferred. For many of the different species of epiphytes, it is still not clear whether they could survive without the respective phorophyte (the plant on which the orchid grows). In principle, many researchers assume that it would be possible because orchids normally use their host plant only as a home, not as a food source. Primarily because of the Catastrophic clearing and illegal logging of the rainforest on Madagascar, it would be very important to gain further knowledge in this area. Otherwise, many orchid species are in danger of dying out together with the trees on which they live. In the following, one of the most extraordinary orchids on Madagascar will be described.
The Star of Madagascar
At Star of Madagascar is an extremely famous and at the same time very unusual orchid, which is exclusively native to the island country. For the first time the plant was discovered in 1802, when French colonialists were traveling in the rainforests of Madagascar and found there a unusual star shaped flower discovered. The flower of this plant measured a diameter of about 12 centimeters and is accordingly in the World of orchids to be classified as quite large. However, that alone was not the most extraordinary thing about this plant, as a French researcher also noted in his notes a good twenty years after the first discovery. The really special thing about the orchid, which later became known as the Star of Madagascar should become famous, was the long, thin spur of this flower, which could grow up to 45 centimeters long. At the very back end of the inside of this spur is the nectar of this plant and this very nectar is known to be very important for the fertilization of this flower. That's why many researchers puzzled for years how the star of Madagascar could manage to reproduce again and again. What animal or insect could enter the long, thin spur and enjoy the nectar there as well as pollinate the plant at the same time? It was finally Charles Darwinwho put forward a thesis of a butterfly with a very long proboscis. And this thesis was actually confirmed at the beginning of the 20th century. This shows how cleverly the Madagascar nature knows how to help itself and what spectacular stories and ways the Plant life of this amazing island produces.
Other flowering plants in Madagascar
When it comes to the world of Flowering plants in Madagascar When people talk about Madagascar, it is usually all about the orchids with their filigree grace and spectacular blooms. However, there are numerous other flowering plants in Madagascar that offer a breathtakingly beautiful sight. Also many trees convince with a flowering splendor, which one can imagine in a Madagascar vacation should not be missed. Who a Trip to Madagascar sooner or later, you will probably also come across the Madagascar evergreen or the pink catharanthe meet. This is a flowering plant from the dog family, some of which are also found in Madagascar in the area of the Natural medicine be used. Madagascar periwinkle is original, as the name suggests, endemic to Madagascar, but now also grows in many other tropical areas. The plant impresses with a pink flower and has meanwhile also been recognized in western areas as a supplier of important Ingredients for medicine recognized. Especially in the field of cancer treatment, various ingredients of the plant are also regularly used in this country. On a Madagascar nature tour you can of course currently discover numerous other flowering plants that have not been listed individually in this information section. Alone the Nature parks of the island offer spectacular views of numerous plants that look so amazing that you will never forget the sight of you. Therefore, take advantage of a Madagascar vacation necessarily as an occasion for a guided nature tour, during which you will discover the spectacular Flora of the island you will encounter. Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions and benefit from our years of know-how and experience.