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Flora and Fauna

Turmero de Inagua

Scientific name: ‘Helianthemum inaguae’                       

Common name: Turmero de Inagua

Family: ‘Cistaceae’        

Genus: Helianthemum

Endemic to: Inagua, 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 a small straight-stemmed shrub, not too dense and about 40-60 centimetres in height, although occasionally up to one metre in exceptional cases. It is exclusively endemic to Gran Canaria with one sole known population within the limits of the Nublo Country Park. The population is made up of between 20 and 30 specimens and is to be found in the Tasarte region amongst the dykes, fissures and outcrops of Horno mountain in the Inagua massif. It is a sloping area with a special microclimate at between 1200 and 1400 metres above sea level. In the same region, within the Inagua Nature Reserve, one can also find ‘Helianthemum bystropogophyllum’, which is also in danger of extinction. The difference between the two species is the narrower leaves and the tone of the yellow flowers. It flowers from April to May, and produces fruit from May to July. It is under threat due to grazing pressure from stray livestock in the region and from natural rock falls.