(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