"Ailes à mouches"
A member of the Cyclantaceae family, the French common name of Asplundia rigida translates literally as "fly wings" on account of its similarity with the insect. A typical plant of hygrophilous (moisture-loving) forest undergrowth, there are three species of Asplundia: two terrestrial and one epiphytic and lianescent (vines climbing from aerial routes).
Commonly known in Creole as "Zanana mawon", Glomeropitcairnia penduliflora is a member of the Bromeliaceae family. It is a tropical grass, epiphyte on tree branches, or terrestrial. It has straight, tough and thick leaves which, arranged in the format of rosettes, take in substantial levels of water and are even home to some frogs. It features a floral scape in the middle.
Morne Léger bivouac
The Morne Léger bivouac (shelter) has room for around 10 people to sleep in the heart of the rainforest.
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own floor mat or hammock (plus fasteners), because there are only wooden bunks available on site.
N.B. The shelters have no running water or electricity available. They are not supervised and do not include a cleaning service. Please leave them clean and tidy !
View of Les Mamelles : La Mamelle de Pigeon to the west and La Mamelle de Petit-Bourg to the east.
Sterculia caribea, known in Créole as Mapou baril, is endemic to the Lesser Antilles. The leaves of this plant can differ depending on its age. Its flowers appear in the form of a bunch of small yellow and pink bells. It produces quite distinctive fruits that cluster together in groups of four or five in woody follicles: they are lined on the inside with dark red urticating bristles.
Amanoa caribeae belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family. This species is endemic to the Lesser Antilles.
It is a large tree with a trunk that rests straight on its buttresses, depending on the terrain. The most distinctive features of this species are its reddish bark and roots at the foot of the trunk. Its leaves vary in shape: sometimes they are whole, sometimes pointed. Its flowers form small clusters. The hard wood of this tree was used as timber or in carpentry.
When it rains, it's a good idea to take shelter under its large leaves until the squall is over.
Bird's nest anthurium
It is often epiphytic, clinging to trees with its roots.
"Aile à mouche" (lit. "Fly wing")
The young leaves are shaped like a bishop's crosier. The black stipe is filled with the remains of petioles. The base of the stipe can be used to make sculptures and pots (fibrous material).
At the "Morne Léger" intersection (point 1), turn left towards "Morne à Georges".
Then turn right at the "Fendre Fouque" intersection (point 2); go past "Richard", "Désirade" and "Morne Jeanneton", before arriving at the intersection with the Trace des Contrebandiers (high-voltage line and pylon; point 3). Continue north and go up "La Couronne"; follow the markings to the "Belle Hôtesse" refuge. It is possible to spend the night here.
You can then continue along other trails: either go down towards "Trou Caverne", Pointe Noire, to the west, if you have car ready to take you back; or continue north towards Morne Mazeau and the end of the Alizés GR trail to the Sainte-Rose coast.
Don't forget to take plenty of water and some food.
It is recommended to take a change of clothes with you, as the trail is often muddy.
Non-drinkable water only in the refuges.
In this natural setting, you should be particularly careful and alert, especially since Guadeloupe is subject to natural risks. It is vital to act in a responsible way, so that everyone can enjoy the hike!
Please note: unsupervised car park.
Maison de la Forêt
RD 23 - Route de la Traversée, 97170 Petit-Bourg
Opening hours :
- In low season (May 1 to June 30 and September 1 to October 31) : every day (except weekends) from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
- In high season (November 1 to April 30 and from July 1 to August 31) : every day from 9 am to 4.30 pm ; sunday from 9 am to 12.30 pm.
Services: reception, permanent exhibition, free parking, picnic area nearby. Building accessible to people with reduced mobility.
Please note : parkings are not supervised.
Localisation GPS : Lat: 16,17600 N - Lng: 61,69280 W.
Access and parking
RD23 departmental road, Col des Mamelles.
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