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Flora and Fauna

Drago de Gran Canaria

Scientific name: ‘Dracaena tamaranae’                           

Common name: Drago de Gran Canaria

Family: ‘Agavaceae’      

Genus: Dracaena

Endemic to: Cliffs and escarpments of southwest 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.This is a dracaena variety that was discovered long before it was recorded as a new endemic species to Gran Canaria in November 1999. It has marked differences from its closest relative 'Dracaena draco’, with which it has been frequently confused until now due to the scarcity of numbers on the island. Its presence has been observed in the forests of Gran Canaria since the beginning of the 1970s. It was discovered by Kunkel on the cliffs and escarpments of south west Gran Canaria and it was only in 1999 when it was confirmed as being a separate species.