Foulsapate marron, Mahot bâtard | Photo: Bruno Navez, Réunion island
Lilibiscus is a small section of the genus Hibiscus that contains
about 10 species, native to islands of the Indian and Pacific
Oceans. These were the species used in the development of the
Hibiscus rosa-sinenis varieties found today. Hibiscus bureaus is an
endangered and protected species. It is a small tree up to a height
of 8m, endemic to the Mascarene Islands (Mauritius and Réunion).
Flowers range from orange to red. It prefers locations with
year-round moisture but not in excessive amounts. Hibiscus boryanus
is a rare but is being reintroduced to the wild by the National
Parks and Conservation Service of Mauritius.
Bois d'oeuvre 1, Volume 7
D. Louppe, A.A. Oteng-Amoako, M. Brink
Published by PROTA, 2008
Translation: The wood of Hibiscus boryanus DC, ("Foulsapate
Morron", "Mahot Batârd"): A rare bush or small tree attaining 8m in
height, the trunk attaining 20cm in diameter. Endemic to the island
of Réunion and the island Mauritius, in the past it was used for
building construction. An herbal tea of leaves was once used for
coughs, and leaves were also used in a bath for renal pain.