A flowery spring walk from Tamaimo up the Santiago valley

Dicheranthus plocamoides growing at the side of the path

Dicheranthus plocamoides growing at the side of the path


The path leaving Tamaimo going up the Santiago valley


Poleo (Bystropogon origanifolius) growing beside the path


A Retama flower (Retama raetam) beside the irrigation channel next to the path. The Retama bushes had very few flowers in this area this year.


The path further up the valley


The yellow-flowered Canary tansy (Gonospermum fruticosum) next to a flowerless Retama bush


The local endemic Viper’s bugloss (Echium aculeatum)


The path out of El Molledo passes by this wide dyke of (formerly!) molten rock intruded into existing rock.


The very striking caterpillar of a Leafy spurge hawkmoth (Hyles euphorbiae)


The Canary sage (Salvia canariensis)


Aeonium sedifolium growing on another dyke running along the top of the ridge to the north of Tamaimo


The ridge path approaching the junction of paths where we turned left to return to Tamaimo


Tenerife samphire (Vieraea laevigata) growing on the rocky cliffs above the path descending to Tamaimo. It is a Tenerife endemic found only in the Teno region

These last two weeks I have been very busy and I am going away again in a couple of days, so I do not have time to write a full description of the walks I have done recently which have been so enjoyable with all the spring flowers to see.  So I am just posting the photos to give my followers an idea of the flowers that I have seen.



About Sally Whymark

When I retired and moved out to Tenerife a few years ago, one of the things I really wanted to do was go walking in the mountains. The scenery is very dramatic, and varied. The views are amazing. The native birds and butterflies and other fauna are remarkable. But the flowers - they're just stunning. Little did I know how this would fire up my interest in plants. While living in England, I had always had an interest in flowers and plants, indeed I ran a plant nursery with my husband for many years, but had not spent a great deal of time pursuing botany. But when walking in Tenerife, I noticed all the unfamiliar shapes of the local flowers, and longed to find out more about them. There are literally hundreds of species endemic to just Tenerife (or even just one part of it), the Canary Islands, or Macronesia (the Atlantic Islands, including Madeira, Canaries and Azores). They are so exciting, and so many of them are really showy as well. So I have started this blog to share with you my excitement at all the great sights I see when walking in Tenerife. I hope you'll enjoy it - and want to come here and experience it for yourself.

Posted on May 19, 2013, in Botanical interest, Walks in Tenerife, West Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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