The Flora Fauna Of French Polynesia

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The Flora & Fauna Of French Polynesia

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Summary:
French Polynesia is thought of as   a real floral paradise, because of the
huge number of species due to the   diversity of the climate and physical
conditions of islands and atolls.   There are nearly one thousand native
species augmented by the hundreds   of species imported by Europeans during
the last few centuries.

Polynesian people wear at least one flower behind the ear, or stuck in
their hair. They frequently wear a crown of flowers and a garland as well
around their neck,...


Keywords:
flora & fauna of French Polynesia, Tahiti flora & fauna


Article Body:
French Polynesia is thought of as   a real floral paradise, because of the
huge number of species due to the   diversity of the climate and physical
conditions of islands and atolls.   There are nearly one thousand native
species augmented by the hundreds   of species imported by Europeans during
the last few centuries.

Polynesian people wear at least one flower behind the ear, or stuck in
their hair. They frequently wear a crown of flowers and a garland as well
around their neck, called the “Tiare Tahiti” the Tahitian Gardenia, which
is snowy white in colour. This is the threaded and plaited garland you
may well be given on arrival at Papeete, entwined with the “Maire”, a
fern which symbolises Tahiti.

In addition the following flowers are very popular and can be used on
garlands, and flower arrangements. The Hibiscus, the Helconias, red
ginger and red torch ginger, flamingo flowers, paper flowers, and of
course the many orchid varieties. Finally the Temple flower which is
actually a little tree.

Additional flowering plants of course includes bougainvillea, oleander,
frangipani, pointsettia, and many others.

The mountainous volcanic islands are densely covered in vegetation,
dominated by Coconut Palms. There are a number of other interesting trees
including the famous „Mutiny on the Bounty‟ breadfruit. In
additionpapaya, banana, grapefruit, avocado, orange, mandarin, lime and
lemon abound, which accounts for the huge amount of fruit that appears at
meal times.

The Fauna of French Polynesia in the main is underwater, where the coral,
constructed by living creatures is a multitude of colours, from bright
yellow to deep purple and reds, taking in neon green and turquoise. The
biggest accumulation of fauna is in the lagoons, and not the ocean
outside the reefs.

What you will find in the lagoons at night are tiger-sharks, but Gray
sharks are very common and Manta rays and giant turtles are not uncommon
at all. The richest area is the passes where the tide rushes in and out,
and the number of fish who spend all their lives living in the lagoons
make snorkelling here very attractive.

All in all the huge variety of flora and fauna are what makes French
Polynesia the simply beautiful place it is.

				
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