Chance, Saint John, Dominica
The Trees Return
During the 18th and early 19th centuries, most of the forest on the Cabrits was cut down to clear land for the garrison. The forest you now see around you dates from after 1854, when the garrison was abandoned. There are also some experimental plantations from the 1960s and '70s.
Mahogany (Swietenia mahogani)
Many healthy seedlings of this plantation tree are scattered throughout the forest.
Naked India Tree - Gomyť Wouj (Bursera simaruba)
The thin paper-like outer bark peels off to expose the green underbark.
Leaf of Life - Lamowi (Kalanchoe pinnata)
The leaves of this interesting plant are used in local folk medicine and in children's games.
Ficus - Fijyť (Ficus citrifolia)
An unwelcomed guest as it strangles host trees, the Fijyť also favours the walls of the garrison buildings!
Teak (Tectona grandis)
Note the large rough leaves of these plantation trees, especially on stumps which have resprouted.
Silk Cotton Tree - Fomajť (Ceiba occidentalis)
One of the species at the Cabrits which has thorns on its bark when it is young. Ask about the local superstitions!
Bay Tree - Bwa denn (Pimenta racemosa)
Small, but noticeable along the trails with its slightly fluted trunk
Savonnet (Lonchocarpus latifolius)
The most abundant tree on the Cabrits, in July and August the air is filled with the scent of its small purple flowers.
Which of the plantation trees at the Cabrits has a seed like a helicopter propeller blade?
∑ Blue Mahoe
The Tree Lizard or Zanndoli extrends its throat fan or dewlap when defending its territory and also during courtship.
Look for the bluish Ground Lizards.
Location. 15° 35.031′ N, 61° 28.377′ W. Marker is in Chance, Saint John. Marker can be reached from Bay Street. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of Cabrits National Park, near the entrance to the reconstructed Fort Shirley.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Shirley (within shouting distance of this marker); Prince Rupert's Garrison (within shouting distance of this marker); Guard House, Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Cabrits Calendar of Events (within shouting distance of this marker); Water Catchment, Troops' Kitchen, Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers' Quarters (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Upper Battery, Signal Station (about 120 meters away); Cabrits National Park (about 150 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Chance.
Categories. • Environment • Forts, Castles • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.