"Madagascar' flowers" Africa Travelogue by Norali

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Malagasy periwinkle is the first endemic type that comes to my mind as anticancer drugs derive from Malagasy pink periwinkle. Yet, the 4th largest world island counts so many endemic flora species. I've read endemic flora percentage was higher than endemic fauna species out of the total on here. Over the 80% of flora are believed to be endemic.

Can handle dry & warm weather.
Reportedly endemic as well.

Do you know that vanilla is an orchid ?
Madagascar ~ world leader in vanilla exports ~ has some other 1000 orchids too. I know many of them but don't know whether those samples were endemic or not... Still, 85% of them are endemic to the Island.

More on endemicity in Madagascar, check http://www.wildmadagascar.org/flora/

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