Bois D'Olive

Return to:Flora

(I.E.L.S endemic plant garden)

Elaeodendron orientale Jacq., Celastraceae

Common name: Bois d'Olive

Description: This tree reaches 3 to 10 metres high with a stem of between 30 to 90 cm. The leaves are long and thin in the early stages of growth but then become broad leaves in older trees.

Habitat: Endemic specie of the Mascarenas Archipelago, it is still commonly found in the indigenous forests of Mauritius and Rodrigues.

Medicinal Uses: It appears that the leaves are used to cure fish allergy together with leaves of the Bryophyllum pinnatum.

Bibliography: Dr Gurib-Fakim and Dr. Gueho, Plantes Médicinales de Maurice, Tome I, 1995