Arbre de Noel (Ardisia crenata, Myrsinaceae)
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A dwarf shrub, about 0.5 to 1 metre high, Leaves tough and veins indistinct, it bears small bright red fruits approximately 1 cm in diametre and has a rather straight stem. It originated from Eastern Asia and appears to have been present in Mauritius for the past 150 years at least. It lives mainly in hot, humid and shady places. It bears abundant flowers and seeds and so propagates readily. It has become a serious competitor for the endemic flora for it hampers their regeneration in the forest under growth. It is common in the Plaine Champagne region for instance. Due to its bright red fruits it is often used as a decorative plant.
Date on the web: 25th of April 2002