Some of the plants that can be found in Madagascar are orchids, ravinala palms, baobab trees and the Madagascar periwinkle plant. Other plants include the octopus tree, the flame tree, the forest coconut and rosewood. More than 12,000 plant species can be found in Madagascar.
Many of the plants that are found in Madagascar have important uses. The ravinala palm is used for construction, and the Madagascar periwinkle plant is used to treat childhood leukemia. Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world, and many of the plant species that live on the island can be found nowhere else on the planet.