Dominica has been nicknamed the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for its natural environment. The island has lush mountainous rainforest, and is home to many rare plants, animals, and bird species.

Dominica was devastated by Hurricane David in August 1979. In the wake of David, a new orchid was found on the island. It has been called David's Orchid.

Dominica was again devastated by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. There was widespread damage when I visited the island in January. Dominica doesn't have much own resources, so they have a very difficult time recovering from the devastation.

Everything was severely affected by the hurricane. Most trees were stripped of their leaves and smaller branches, only the trunk and the largest branches remained. Since then leaves have regrown, but not smaller branches. This makes for strange looking trees.

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Nature in Dominica

Rainbow Off Dominica
Rainbow off Dominica. (546k)
Trafalgar Falls
Trafalgar Falls. (1109k)
Trafalgar Falls
Trafalgar Falls. (1190k)
Trafalgar Falls
Trafalgar Falls. (1011k)
Brown Area Next Trafalgar
The brown area next to the Trafalgar Falls is a mineral deposit from a hot spring. (1029k)
Mineral Deposit Hot Spring
Mineral deposit from a hot spring. (1384k)

Flora in Dominica

Stripped Trees
Stripped trees. (856k)
Stripped Trees
Stripped trees. (824k)
Huge Tree Fern
Huge tree fern. (1147k)
Rainforest. (1364k)
Rainforest. (1371k)
Impatiens walleriana
Busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana, german: Fleißiges Lieschen, french: Balsamine de Waller). (729k)
Hippobroma longiflora
Star of Bethlehem (Hippobroma longiflora, french: Étoile de Bethléem). (702k)
Costus spicatus
Spiked Spiral-flag (Costus spicatus). (600k)
Justicia secunda
Justicia (Justicia secunda). (608k)
Odontonema cuspidatum
Cardinal's Guard (Odontonema cuspidatum). (680k)
Alpinia purpurata
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge). (832k)
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger. (1146k)
Lily. (706k)
Close-up Lily
Close-up of the lily. (562k)
Begonia obliqua
Oblique-leaved Begonia (Begonia obliqua, french: Bégonia). (685k)
Spathoglottis plicata
David's Orchid (Spathoglottis plicata). (620k)

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Page last updated on Wed Nov 25 19:49:39 2020 (Mountain Standard Time)

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