Rodríguez, Almeira &
Southern Gran Canaria
Drago de Gran Canaria
This member of the
was given this name by Águedo Marrero Rodríguez, R.S.Almeira and Manuel
González-Martín in 1998. It is found in the dry south of Grand Canaria,
Canaries Island, growing in a well drained soil and cracks on rocky
hills with some water and lots of sun. The stem can grow to 30 centimetres in diameter, the entire plant
to eight or even ten centimetres in height. The flowers are white.
Especially young plants are real choppy, but they tend to be slim by
It was earlier
believed to be
Dracaena draco, but recent studies reveals it have ribbed
leaves, more bluish and greyish in colour, even in juvenile specimens.
The inflorescence is more branched with slightly different flowers. The
fruits and seeds are slightly smaller.
The genera name from Latin;
drago; a female dragon. The species name from Tamarán, an
aboriginal name attributed to Gran Canaria.
*)Accordantly to the latest taxonomic system; APG
now part of