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Pictures from the Pamplemousses Botanic Garden in the North of Mauritius (second part): Giant water lilies, Bleeding tree, and Nymphea.

Giant water lily at Pamplemousses Garden
Giant water lily (Victoria amazonica) at the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in the North of Mauritius.

The pool of giant water lilies, also known as Amazon water lilies, is one of the attractions of the Pamplemoussses Botanical Garden in Mauritius. These large aquatic plants are native to the Amazon. Their broad leaves float on water and can reach 1 to 2 m or 3 m. in the Amazon. The flower is white the first day and become pink the second night and then fade.

In the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, the pond of the giant water lilies lies along Charles Darwin Avenue, almost at the end of de La Bourdonnais Avenue.

As explained in the first part of this photo guide, the Pamplemoussses Botanical Garden was created by Pierre Poivre in the 18th century at the time of French colonization. The name of the Garden is the village where it is located. Since 1988, the Pamplemousses Garden is officially called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the father of the country's independence.

It is now placed under the management of an agency of the Mauritius Ministry of Agriculture. It performs historic, cultural, recreational, educational and preservation functions.

Several avenues run across the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. They are named after naturalists such as Pierre Poivre, Philibert Commerson, Jean-Nicolas Cere and Charles Darwin, after famous local and international political personalities, such as Indira Gandhi, the Queen Mother of England or former Island's Governors like Comte de La Bourdonnais and Sir John Pope Hennessy, or after the writer Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and the heroes of his novel Paul et Virginie.

In addition to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam's funerary monument, some other monuments are set in the park, including a bust of Pierre Poivre and the white marble obelisk (Liénard Obelisk). The names of the personalities who contributed to the prosperity of the Garden and agriculture in Mauritius are engraved on one side of the obelisk. The Garden has also a reproduction of an old sugar cane mill.

The baobabs, the talipot palm trees, the giant water lilies, the lotus pool, the spice corner and the medicinal plants, the Grand Bassin (large pond), the Bleeding trees, the palm-lined avenues are some of the attractions of the Garden.

Pamplemousses Botanical Garden also has a small area (3% of the total park area) devoted to animals: turtles, deer and goats. It is also home to various birds.

At the sales point situated away from the Garden, near the parking place, you may buy some plants with the required permissions to export.

Pamplemousses Garden, Bleeding Tree
Bleeding Tree in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius.

This tree produces a red-black sap that covers the trunk and gives the appearance of a bleeding tree.

Nymphea, in the Pamplemousses Garden
Nymphea, small water lily in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Mauritius.

The photo shows a little bee gathering nectar from the flower of this water plant. 

Nymphea exist in different colors. The round leaves float on the water surface, some of them are partially submerged. The flowers, just above the water surface, have a nice fragrance.


See also

Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Pamplemousses Garden (1)
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