Arico Nuevo revisited in May

A magnificent example of Roof houseleek (Aeonium urbicum var. meridionale)

A magnificent example of Roof houseleek (Aeonium urbicum var. meridionale)

On May 17th we did a walk combining Walk 14 in the book ‘Tenerife Nature Walks” with the walk described in this blog on 13th September 2012, starting and ending in the square of Arico Nuevo  in South Tenerife.  So I will not describe the walk, but just share some of the botanical highlights.

The special feature of the walk this May was the number of magnificent specimens of Roof Houseleek (Aeonium urbicum var. meridionale), all at their best.  I think the large number of  big flower heads may be down to the exceptionally heavy rains Arico suffered this last winter several times.

The path climbing out of the Barranco Tamadaya, with another Roof houseleek beside it.

The path climbing out of the Barranco Tamadaya, with another Roof houseleek beside it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum) in the Barranco Tamadaya

Wild Jasmine (Jasminum odoratissimum) in the Barranco Tamadaya

 

 

 

 

Mosquera (Globularia salicina) still in flower, it usually flowers early spring (Jan-Mar)

Mosquera (Globularia salicina) still in flower, it usually flowers early spring (Jan-Mar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrow-leaved cistus (Cistus monspeliensis) in full bloom

Narrow-leaved cistus (Cistus monspeliensis) in full bloom

Pine forest Cistus (Cistus symphytifolius) was on the southern edge of Lomo Tamadaya where there are a few pine trees

Pine forest Cistus (Cistus symphytifolius) was on the southern edge of Lomo Tamadaya where there are a few pine trees

The path descending from the Lomo Tamadaya into the Barranco Tamadaya. This area, below the cliff is rich botanically

The path descending from the Lomo Tamadaya into the Barranco Tamadaya. This area is rich botanically

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canary wormwood (Incienso in spanish) (Artemesia canariensis) in flower

Canary wormwood (Incienso in spanish) (Artemesia canariensis) in flower under the cliff

 

 

 

 

 

Unripe berries of the Spiny buckthorn (Rhamnus crenulata in the Barranco Tamadaya

Unripe berries of the Spiny buckthorn (Rhamnus crenulata) in the Barranco Tamadaya

 

 

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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 26, 2014, in Botanical interest, South Tenerife and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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