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The Notes continue the brief overview of the Malagasy forests in the 1930s. After the East, the Far-South and the Southwest, they go back to the western regions, passing through the wet-type gallery forest Which borders the rivers and large rivers more or less seasonal of the plateaus bara.
“The shade found there is conducive to anyone traveling in the country, whether in the automobile or filanzane and is lavishly lavished by the Kily” (“La Revue de Madagascar”, January 1935). These tamarind trees have an abundant and thick “fleece”. But there are also Rotra with feet bathed in these streams often sanded.
Botanists recount the journey they made in this region in July 1936. More precisely on the limestone table between Onilahy and Fiherenana before reaching Toliara. “One would think one would go through the plateaux of eastern France at the end of the autumn: gray and powdery roads, clean and clear-planted trunks, with smooth and whitish trunks and the dead foliage that lines the ground, Azure so bright but so pale, recall the hikes in Lorraine or in Franche-Comté. Only the giant baobabs, Adansonia, from Ejeda, awaken them from this illusion.
According to travelers, it is a very complex region where the flora of the South and the West overlap over a vast area, with enormous cuts. The commoners refuse to call these forests and profit “to destroy the vestiges which are in fact as much savannah”. The Adansonia reigns only when the last thorny trunks disappear. Inland, a thin strip of the true western forest stretches.
What strikes us most in the West, between Toliara and Mahajanga, especially between the ancient provinces of Ankazoabo, Morondava, Maintirano, Mahajanga and Soalala, is to see leafless trees in a tropical climate and a burning sun. “In fact, the period of denudation of these trees is short-lived and often uneven, which makes it possible to find some shade among these stands. “
The further north we go, particularly between Kandreho and Analalava, the more the foliage persists until it becomes constant, as in the Antsiranana region. From the deciduous forest, one passes imperceptibly to the forest of the East always green.
In general, when one evokes the Malagasy forest, one thinks only of the high forests of the eastern slope, whether one ignores the western stands, or that one ignores their importance and their value. This is why the vast majority of forestry operators are located on the Indian Ocean. Similarly, the timber trade is mainly carried out by Antsiranana, Antalaha, Maroantsetra, Toamasina and Manakara, due to the extreme richness of the forests of these regions.
But the ports of the Mozambique Channel are the site of a considerable traffic of various timber, originating from the neighboring massifs, operated more or less regularly by a number of dealers.
Mangroves are found on the west coast because there are several. Each species of mangrove is well localized, in pure stand (90 to 95%) or in a mixture with a very small number of other species, three at the most. From the point of view of
And their use, mangroves with tanniferous barks and those with non-tanniferous barks. The former can be used for the supply of wood for construction and heating and for the production of tannin, while the latter provide only firewood and timber.
Among the tanniferous species are the Honkolahy with numerous adventitious roots, which live in a pure stand in the middle part of the salt sludge, and Tsitolona, ​​which is mixed with the first in a small proportion (5-6%) as a result Of abusive previous operations.
Other species are rich enough in tanning matter, such as Honkovavy, “a species far from the former, despite the synonymy of names”. It has pure stands with nodosities that flush over the flooded sandy terrains.
Among these non-tanniferous species are Afiafy with pneumatophoric roots, and Farafata, whose much higher roots literally soar to the soil.