January’s botanical highlights


The very rare Tenerife endemic Kunkeliella subsucculenta. Sorry there’s no English name.

I’ve not posted for a little while due to slow internet speed for uploading photos, and then family visiting. However, I did want to share some botanical highlights for January.


Golden ball, or, in spanish Oroval del pais (Withania aristata)

The Kunkeliella subsucculenta and the Golden Ball (Withania aristata) were seen near the northern coast near Icod de los Vinos.

The Tenerife Giant Orchid, (they stood about 50-60cm high), another very rare and localised endemic, was seen in the pine woods above Chiguergue in Guia de Isora.

Tenerife Giant Orchid (Barlia himantoglossum)

Tenerife Giant Orchid (Barlia metlesicsianum syn. Himantoglossum metlesicsianum)

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 January 31, 2014, in Botanical interest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for sharing these – I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about Tenerife’s plants but your Kunkeliella subsucculenta is a new one for me. Great to see!

  2. The Kunkeliella subsucculenta was new to me too, and I owe thanks to a botanical friend, Roberto, for showing it to me

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