Canary Pine Trees

September 10, 2018

Today I visited Cumbrecita, and I fell in love with Canary pine trees all over again. So many of them look as though they’ve been carefully trained into artistic shapes, like gigantic bonsai trees. So here are a few of my favourites.

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A jade flower

April 8, 2018

The jade vine or emerald vine Strongylodon macrobotrys, is flowering in the garden at Hacienda de Abajo, Tazacorte. The plant comes from the Philippines, and it’s in the same family as peas and beans. To be picky, I’d say it’s more turquoise than green but it’s certainly very pretty and I’ve never seen one before.

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Twin Dragon Trees in Breña Alta

Twin dragon trees (Dracaena draco), Breña Alta These trees stand in Breña Alta, just off the minor road which winds over the central ridge to El Paso. They grow so close together that it’s hard to tell where on trunk ends and the other begins. Of course there’s a legend associated with the trees. Two brothers lived nearby, and were very close, but they fell in love with the same…

March 28, 2018
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Painting the volcanic gravel red

The volcanic gravel turnin red at Llano de los Jables above El Paso, La Palma island
March 22, 2018

Llano del Jable is a flattish area above El Paso, dotted with pine trees. There’s a viewpoint just above it with a spectacular view. Normally the ground is black. It’s almost all gravel, formed from a series of erupions of Montaña Quemada (Burnt Mountain) between 1470 and 1492. The volcano sprayed out lava which solidified in midair and landed as hot gravel. It looks extremely exotic if you’re English. At…

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Canary Bell Flower

December 10, 2017

This is the Canary bellflower, Canarina canariensis, which has no close living relatives. It scrambles over things, like bindweed, with a stem up to 3 m long, and produces these lovely flowers in December. All the examples I’ve found so far this year are in Los Tilos, on the road up to the visitor centre.

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The observatory in bloom

Roque de Los Muchachos
June 30, 2017

The whole hillside at the Roque de Los Muchachos is in bloom. But where heather moors go purple, The peaks of La Palma go yellow with sticky broom (Adenocarpus viscosus, or codeso in Spanish) and French broom (Genista benehoavensis or retamón palmero in Spanish)

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