Over the past few years I have accumulated photos of fruit on palm trees and thought that I would bring them together into a single post. Members of the family Arecaceae, palm trees are an ancient and diverse group of trees that bear fruit containing one or multiple seeds. Surprisingly there are a lot of palms commonly harvested for their fruits, and some are hugely important to both local populations and economies throughout the world. Palms represent the third most important plant family with respect to human use. Numerous edible products are obtained from palms, including the familiar date palm fruits, coconut palm nuts, and various palm oils. Some less well-known edible palm products include palm “cabbage” or “heart-of-palm”, immature inflorescences/flowers and sap from mature inflorescences/flowers. It takes palms anywhere from three to 40 years, depending on the species, to flower for the first time. Palm trees have separate male and female flowers. Most of the time they are monoecious, with male and female flowers on the same plant, and sometimes, as in the date palm, the male and female flowers are on separate trees (dioecious).
The Oasis at the Anjajavy Lodge is a genuine Garden of Eden. It is a perfect place to relax or unwind after a busy day enjoying some of the various activities on offer at Anjajavy le lodge. Kept at a constant humidity by water sprays, the Oasis offers a refreshing environment in which to escape the heat of the day. A variety of aquatic plants, papyrus reeds, tree ferns, climbing plants and palm trees are home to humming birds, lemurs, malachite kingfishers and many other species. This is also the setting for afternoon tea with refreshing soft drinks, teas and cakes. Designed by Camille Muller, the French landscape designer, the Oasis is the result of the search for harmony within the diversity of experiences on offer in Madagascar. If you look carefully, there are a variety of rare native plants in the garden.
I have decided to do posts on the resorts we visited in Madagascar as part of my tour, not because I have any financial interest in the properties, but because they were uniformly some of the most beautiful places I have ever been and because each of them reflects the surrounding area with unique gardens and plants. I actually found the sumptuous lodgings for tourists somewhat incongruous with the overall poverty of rural Madagascar although this is often the case in other parts of the world. Suffice it to say that there are more than a few wonderful “destination resorts” located around Madagascar that international travelers will find safe and more than comfortable. Relais de la Reine is one of three French-owned hotels situated in private grounds close to Isalo National Park. Isalo National Park is a National Park in the Ihorombe Region of Madagascar. The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, a palm-lined oases, and grassland. The closest town is Ranohira, and the closest cities are Toliara and Ihosy. A total of 340 animal species are known to inhabit the area, including 82 species of birds, 33 species of reptiles, 15 species of frogs and 14 species of mammals. We were particularly interested in the Ring-Tailed Lemur (which we saw on the way at Anja Community Reserve), the Red-Fronted Brown Lemur and of course, Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) in Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park (56 miles (90 km) to the west of Isalo National Forest).