Bois Dentelle Facts
- The beautiful Bois Dentelle or Elaeocarpus Bojeri remains an exceedingly rare plant. In fact, only two adult individual specimens of this delicate flowering tree exist in the wild.
- Also, efforts to preserve the marvelous tree as a species have been underway for several years, and success has been extremely limited.
- Further, the rather delicate location also now falls under protection, both as a religious site and as an environmental refuge for the Elaeocarpus Bojeri.
- Understandably, the IUCN currently lists the beautiful Bois Dentelle as Critically Threatened.
- The Bois Dentelle is an exceedingly rare plant. In fact, only two adult individual trees exist in #Mauritius. Click To Tweet
Bois Dentelle Physical Description
The stunning Bois Dentelle also represents a tropical perennial that attains a rather moderate height of only 20 ft (6 m). Further, the flowers have become famous for their frilled edges and delicate beauty.
In color, the blooms of the Elaeocarpus Bojeri typically display a rather bright white, though a few may be a tan or cream color. Also, they grow quite long, have a bell shape, and exist in copious quantities within large clusters.
This rather mesmerizing beauty also blooms between February and March and the seeds sit within small, numerous pods.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Eudicots
- Order: Oxalidales
- Family: Elaeocarpaceae
- Genus: Elaeocarpus
- Species: E.bojeri
Photographer: S Molteno
Bois Dentelle Distribution, Habitat, and Preservation
Scientists have also made numerous attempts to grow the species in greenhouses from seeds from the surviving individual trees. To date, however, only a few new saplings have been successful and they remain heavily guarded.
Unfortunately, invasive guava has also completely taken over the natural habitat of the species.
So more must be done to save this tree.