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Bwa sandal fact file

Bwa sandal description

Also known as
bois sandal.
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Height: plants

Bwa sandal biology

Very little appears to be recorded about the biology of the bwa sandal, but information can be deduced from other botanical varieties of Carissa edulis inhabiting other parts of the world. In southern Africa, Carissa edulis flowers from September to December. The flowers, which contain both male and female reproductive organs, (the stamens and carpels), are pollinated by insects. The resulting cherry-like fruits appear on the tree from November until January, and are eventually eaten by animals, dispersing the seeds within the fruit to a new site where germination may occur, and a new plant may begin to grow Bwa sandal range

The bwa sandal occurs on the islands of Silhouette and Aldabra in the Seychelles Bwa sandal habitat

The remaining bwa sandal trees favour rocky habitats, often in exposed areas Bwa sandal status

Classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List 2007 Bwa sandal threats

The beautiful bwa sandal has been pushed to extreme rarity by felling for the production of aromatic oils, fuelwood Bwa sandal conservation

All remaining populations of the bwa sandal occur within protected areas Find out more

For further information on the bwa sandal see:

  • Wise, R. (1998) A Fragile Eden. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (November, 2007)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  2. Wise, R. (1998) A Fragile Eden. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.
  3. Baker, J.G. (1877) Flora of Mauritius and the Seychelles. L.Reeve and Co, London.
  4. Robertson, S.A. (1989) Flowering Plants of Seychelles. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  5. World Agroforestry Centre: Agroforestree Database (January, 2008)
    http://www.worldagroforestry.org/sea/products/AFDbases/AF/asp/SpeciesInfo.asp?SpID=443
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Carissa edulis var. sechellensis branches  
Carissa edulis var. sechellensis branches

© Dr. Justin Gerlach

Dr. Justin Gerlach
Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles
Seychelles
gerlachs@btinternet.com
http://islandbiodiversity.com

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KingdomPlantae
PhylumTracheophyta
ClassMagnoliopsida
OrderGentianales
FamilyApocynaceae
GenusCarissa