Planting Guidelines

Key information on seeds and Planting Guide

Labourdonnais glauca – Bois De natte

The “Bois de Natte à grandes feuilles” is an endemic tree to Mauritius and are found in the primary forests of the island.
Scientific name: Labourdonnais Glauca
Type: Can grow up to 20 metres in height.
Description:The gray trunk can reach 1 metre in diameter with vertical cracks, and horizontal branching. The one found in Mauritius can de differentiated by its large leaves and whose underside is metallic grey. Both the leaves and the fruit contain a milky latex.
Habitat: Upland Forest.
Origin: Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion.


Calophyllum Inophyllum – Takamaka

Takamaka is a native tree species of the Chagos Archipelago. It is a plant related to the sea which loves salty, sandy, loose and fresh soils. Its spread is ensured thanks to its floating fruits.
Scientific name: Colophyllum Inophyllum
Type: Small to large tree, 8 to 20 metres.
Description: Low-branching and slow-growing tree with a broad and irregular crown. The flower is 25 millimetres wide and develops in a conoid form consisting of 4 to 15 flowers.
Habitat: sea or sandy land or fresh soils
Origin: coastlines of East Africa, Southern India, and Australia.


Cassine Orientalis – Bois d’Olive

The Bois d’Olive is an endemic tree to the Mascarene islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion.
Scientific name: Cassine Orientalis
Type: small to large tree, can reach up to 12 metres high
Description: Leaves are long and thin with a bright red midrib in the early stages of growth. Flowers are inconspicuous with light green petals. The fruit is shaped like an olive.
Habitat: Thrives in dry to wet areas


Dictyosperma Album – Hurricane palm

The Hurricane palm gets its name from its ability to withstand very strong winds and is endemic to the Mascarene islands.
Scientific name: Dictyosperma Album
Type: Evergreen fast-growing tree.
Description: also known as Princess Palm or Red Palm. It is a single-stemmed, slender, evergreen feather palm that reaches a height of up to 20 metres and up to 16 centimetres in diameter. The crown is composed of 10 to 20 leaves with each leaf measuring up to 3 metres long.
Habitat:Coastal forests. Grows at low elevations generally up to 600 metres. Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained and moist soil. Can also grow in saline soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
Origin: Africa, Mauritius and Reunion.


Please follow the planting guide below (step-by-step guide):



Remove the seed form the envelope.


Leave the seeds at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks.
Avoid any contact with water.


Put some stones at the bottom of a pot and
fill it almost to the top with compost.


Place the seeds about 2 centimetres deep,
then press down the compost and water it thoroughly.


Put the pot outside in a shady corner. Cover the top with wire mesh
to stop birds and animals from getting to the seeds.


Check it every week to make sure the soil hasn’t dried out.
Be careful not to over-water your plant.


As the seed starts to sprout, keep an eye on its growth.
Repot the shoot into a larger pot as it grows.
Once it reaches 40 centimetres, find a suitable place to transfer it into the ground.


About La Vallée de Ferney Conservation Trust

La Vallee de Ferney Conservation Trust is a public-private partnership between CIEL -an international Mauritian Group listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and on the SEM Sustainability Index- and the Mauritian Government, in collaboration with The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

The Trust aims at preserving the unique endemic fauna and flora present on site. Since its inception in 2007, a 103-ha conservation zone has been earmarked and more than 15,000 endemic plants have been planted and approximately 200 endemic birds reintroduced including endangered species such as the Pink Pingeon, the Kestrel, the Echo Parakeet, the Flycatcher or the Cuckoo Shrike.