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Onopordon

Scientific name: ‘Onopordon carduelinum’

Family: ‘Asteraceae’

Genus: Onopordon

Endemic to: Roque o Risco Grande de Tenteniguada, Gran Canaria

Other locations: Caldera de Los Marteles  y Barranco de Los Cernícalos, Gran Canaria

Description: Plant species considered in danger of extinction in the National Catalogue of Species under Threat and in need of a recovery plan. It is an endemic species to the Canaries which grows at 1250 metres above sea level in the region of Roque or Risco Grande de Tenteniguada, in the municipality of Valsequillo; also in the regions of Caldera de los Marteles and in other nearby zones such as the ravines at Barranco de los Cernicalos, in the Special Natural Reserve of Los Marteles. All these areas are within a greater protected area, Las Cumbres Protected Area.

‘Onopordon cardeleum’ is a perennial plant with slightly lobed basal leaves covered with dense flax. Pink flowers appear between June and July with fruit appearing between July and August.