This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

16 November 2005

Flowering Frangipani

Palm trees to hibiscus to frangipani to bougainvilla to birds of paradise - and as far as I know, none of these are endemic to New Caledonia - all are in full splendor at this time of year. New Caledonia is fifth in the world for its diversity of flora - and 75% of our flora is endemic.

We are lucky enough to have bougainvilla, hibiscus and frangipani in our front yard, along with a couple of palm trees. We also have a budding pineapple plant - and around the corner some banana-laden banana trees. I am yet to find a good book or site in English on the flora of New Caledonia, but I have just stumbled on this site on endemic plants and flowers in New Caledonia, if you are interested in our pines (yes - we have many a tall swaying pine on our little South Pacific island) and local flowering plants: http://www.mobot.org/MOBOT/research/newcaledonia/origin.html. Click through the pages if you have a little time -- the author has clearly studied the subject thoroughly.

2 comments:

stevie said...

You lucky devils, you! My favorite plants. We call frangipani "plumeria", and I've planted two of those in my back patio - you'll have to come see!!! Also, bird of paradise, big and small, palms, banana, etc.

J. D. Riso said...

My scientist sister was just here collecting plants. I went with her in the field to a few places. You should check out Les Chutes de la Madelaine. It's a really great place to look at some strange endemic plants and it's only about 1 1/2 hours drive from Nouméa.