An assessment of factors leading to the decline of Beclardia macrostachya (orchidaceae) population in Mauritius

  title={An assessment of factors leading to the decline of Beclardia macrostachya (orchidaceae) population in Mauritius},
  author={Vishwakalyan Bhoyroo and Daneshwar Puchooa and Vijayanti Mala Ranghoo Sanmukhiya and Elisabeth Rababakonandrianina},
  journal={Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology},
Clearing of forest land for agriculture and urbanization following colonization have reduced the forest cover in Mauritius to 3% of total land cover. Today exotic species such as Psidium cattleianum (wild guava), Araucaria columnaris, and Ravenala madagascarensis dominate at Pigeon Wood, the only site in Mauritius where Beclardia can be found, leaving little space for very few indigenous tree species like Labourdonnaisia glauca, Apholoia theiformis and Foetida mauritiana. Beclardia macrostachya… Expand
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