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It is these papery bracts that give Bougainville its other common name of paper flower. Other varieties include red, coral and salmon, blooming at most times of the year. Native to Queensland, introduced to Bermuda after 1918. There are local recipes for avocado soup and guacamole dip. Local production of non-organic vegetables is concentrated mostly on two local farms.A gorgeous display of them is held every Christmas in one of the buildings of the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Avocado pears are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. Native of Hawaii where they make leis out of the petals, also Asia, West Indies 1000 miles to the south of Bermuda , Mexico and Panama. From Spain, introduced very early from the UK and sent from Bermuda to Virginia with other fruits in 1621. Fruits are sphere-shaped, red-brown and with a thick skin. Both are insufficient to satisfy the needs of locals and visitors.Please send all enquiries about Bermuda plants to the Bermuda Government's Department of Environmental Protection, Botanical Gardens, 169 South Road, Paget Bermuda DV 04, phone 441-236-4201, fax 441 236-7582 (email address has not been supplied by that office). Due in great part to human colonization and development resulting in one of the worlds most densely populated islands (1,500 people per square kilometre); major threats to the native flora and fauna have been identified as habitat loss or deterioration, and competition with invasive species. They are edible, tart when yellow, sweet and light orange-colored when ripe, resembling a small apricot. Also known as the coral tree or coronation tree, planted for the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Only two mangrove tree species are found in Bermuda, the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangal) and the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans), where the red mangrove occupies the seaward edge of a forest because the extensive prop roots of the tree can support it during intense storms and hurricanes. Yet despite this isolation, and small size, over 8,000 species have been recorded from the island and its surrounding waters. When planted outside climbs into trees and hedgerows in a very invasive way. Nutritional value is significant, super-rich in vitamin A (beta-carotene) with a decent amount of minerals. The yellow-orange plum-like fruit 30-66 mm in size ripens in the late winter or early spring. The scientific name comes from The Greek erythro for red. Much of the coastal mangrove seen around Bermuda are just scattered trees, remnants of larger forests that have been reduced dramatically since the time of colonization in 1609, primarily as the result of our intensive development of the coastal zone.Although not as dire a case, the yellow wood tree, prized for its timber value by early settlers and exported to England for cabinet wood, also suffered a dramatic decline leading to a present day total population of 23 mature trees. It blooms in about July or August usually - and can reach 40-80 feet, spreading out to the side as well as high. They are seldom torn up by storms or gales and are vital to our coastlines because they stop the shores from eroding. A pretty weed, native to tropical America, Africa and Asia. A popular ornamental vine grown worldwide for its showy flowers, and belongs to the Apocynaceae (dogbane) family. Zoysia has a slower growth rate, which can be a major drawback when establishing a lawn.

A most critical example of this is the case of the endemic Governor Laffans fern (Diplazium laffanianum); only one mature specimen of this fern species remains in Bermuda, maintained in a nursery environment by the Department of Parks. A native of Madagascar, but grows freely in Bermuda as well as in many other countries such as Hawaii, where it is also known as the Flamboyant Tree, Flame Tree, Mohur Tree and Red Flame. Only a few are known to exist here, such as outside the Crawl Post Office and in the Orchid and Fern Collection of the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Their aerial roots act as props to give them plenty of stability.

They include gaillardia, gazania (some flower all year), gerbera, geraniums, gladioli, globe amaranth, globe gilia, godetia, gypsofila, hibiscus (variegated and other, as bushes or hedges), hollyhock, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, Carpobrotus chilensis (ice plant), impatiens, lantana, larkspur, lathyrus, marigold (African and French), match-me-if-you-can, narcissus, nasturtium, Natal plum, nicotiana, night blooming cereus, oleander (as hedges or bushes), pansy, petunia, phlox, passion flower, periwinkles, pittosporum, plumbago, poinsettias, portulaca, prickly myrtle, red tassel flower, rose everlasting, rudbeckia, scarlet cordia, salipigossis, salvia, scabiosa, snow plant, snow-on-the-mountain, Spanish bayonet, spider flower (cleome), star-of-the-veldt, statice, stock, sweet pea, sweet William (in Scotland, Stinking Willy), trumpet flower vines, verbena, vinca, viola, Virginia creeper, yucca, zinnia. Fruit, on the tree in late June, is about 2 inches in diameter, covered with a thick green flesh with one or two nuts inside, rich in unsaturated oil. It is called such because it was originally from this island in the Pacific, off New Zealand. Avicennia nitida, otherwise Black Mangrove, is a gray-foliaged evergreen tree growing up to 40 feet high with numerous air-breathing roots growing upwards to 6 inches from the mud around the base of the trunk. Black mangroves are slightly smaller than the red variety, with breathing roots rising straight from the water. On the back of their leaves, you may see salt crystals. Flowers and sets seeds in spring but rarely propagates, probably because of rats which love it. A strong growing climbing vine with spiny stems and round leaves. What most people think are the flowers are, in fact, bracts, or modified leaves, that surround the long, narrow, inconspicuous and tubular flower. It is much smaller than a papaya but a member of the same family. In old Bermuda, the juice of the green fruit was used at home to treat ringworm and warts, or to make meat more tender (sold under the name of papain). 99.99 percent of avocados bought for eating are imported. Have air-breathing organs on their prop roots, which carry air to the roots in the salty mangrove swamps where the sediment is poor in oxygen. There is no organic vegetable certification authority.

This is how the tree gets rid of its salt in the water it consumes. The latter is white at the very top and below, is the colour of the bract. Schefflera, a popular ornamental, also known as Australian or Queensland umbrella tree, Octopus tree and starleaf. Now it is cooked as a vegetable, or eaten raw when ripe (then a yellow orange color). Most paw paws grow to less than one pound in weight, but occasionally can be over five pounds. Bermuda imports more than two million avocados a year. The prop roots excrete some of the salt the tree brings in. The only organic vegetables seen in supermarkets are imported.

Nowhere else in the world has he seen it on such a scale. It delivers tons of fruit to the owner who has many houses in Bermuda. In the 1700s, ladies hats were made from these leaves and were the height of fashion in London. It was one of the plants introduced to Bermuda in 1616.

The proportion of native plants remaining is tiny, with the invasive plants hugely aggressive and very successful. Introduced, naturalized in Bermuda, Pacific and central coast of America , Mexico, Chile, etc. Endemic, an evergreen with leathery, dark green leaves, growing from 25 to 40 feet high. Avocados are a good source of fibre, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6. Traditionally, it was grown in Bermuda to eat with fish, in particular salt fish.

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