The Pandanaie is an exceptional natural space. A marshy area, it is home to endemic species, both fauna and flora. She is also very fragile so it's time to come and discover her...
The Pandanaie des Hauts
Located on the plains road between the Plain of the Palmists and St. Benedict, the Pandanaie is home to lush vegetation dominated by the Pimpin des Hauts (Pandanus montanus), a species endemic to Reunion. It is a privileged place for observing and studying the diversity of environments and species. Nearly 60% of all the orchids on the island can be seen there. More than 80 species of ferns, trees and shrubs make up the environment. One in five species is endemic to Reunion.
A fragile and threatened heritage today
The Pandanaie in Pimpin represents an exceptional natural heritage. However, like most natural environments on the island, they are fragile and vulnerable.
At the heart of a mosaic, remarkable environments
While traversing the Pandanaie at Pimpin from the heights of the Plaine des Palmistes, one observes many other natural environments in contact: vast carpet of ferns, small forests on peaks, small colonies of marsh grasses... Consequently, each of the environments of this mosaic is different and consists of a particular flora. These environments are rare and remarkable, such as the Machaerinaie at Osmonde royale. Attention it is inaccurate to consider that the natural space constituted by these different environments corresponds to the Pandanaie. The Pandanaie is only the thickets dominated by the Pimpin of the heights.
So many species, sometimes extremely rare, in so little space
The Pandanaie contains an astonishing number of plants. Nearly 60% of all the orchids on the island can be seen there. More than 80 species of ferns, trees and shrubs make up the environment. In addition, one in five species is endemic to Reunion. This is perfect for many small animals: birds, insects, butterflies but also and above all the green lizard from the highlands which appreciates the nectar of Pimpin's flowers.