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Nesocodon mauritianus

Nesocodon mauritianus

About the plant

Nesocodon mauritianus is endemic to the island of Mauritius.

  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
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Facts

  • Saved from the brink of extinction
  • Colourful nectar to appeal to pollinators

On the brink

In the 1970s a single population of N. mauritianus was found growing on a waterfall cliff side. It had survived there because of consistent moisture trickling from above, and limited competition from other species.

Conservationists took cuttings from this population but had no luck in growing from the cuttings.

There was better luck in 1985, when an expedition secured 100 seeds, found in two unripe seed capsules, thereby saving this plant from the brink of extinction.


Coloured nectar

N. maritianus contains bright red nectar. It’s a vibrant contrast with its blue flowers. Such colourful nectar is an uncommon feature in the plant kingdom.

It’s pollinated by the native gecko (Phelsuma ornata) which lives in the same cliffs.

Pollinated by the native gecko which lives in the same cliffs
  • Not yet evaluated

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Banked in the MSB
    Seeds from this plant have been banked in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, at Wakehurst in Sussex
  • Click on icon to reveal more