Description: In the 1970s a single population of N. mauritianus was found growing on a waterfall cliff side (Cascade Cinq Cents Pied). It had survived there because of consistent moisture trickling from above, and limited competition from other species. It is pollinated by the native gecko (Phelsuma ornata) which lives in the same cliffs.
Jens M. Olesen, Nina Rønsted, Ulrik Tolderlund, Claus Cornett, Per Mølgaard, Jørn Madsen, Carl G. Jones & Carl E. Olsen, Mauritian red nectar remains a mystery, Nature volume 393, page 529 (11 June 1998). Last accessed on Sunday, October 14, 2018.