August 12, 2020

The Singular Trees Catalog of Gran Canaria being one of the most biodiverse in Spain – La Provincia


He Singular Trees Catalog of Gran Canaria proposed by the Town hall It will be one of the most biodiverse in Spain with native species and others that come from the five continents, from the South American ombú to a ficus on the island of Socotra, south of Yemen.

And to verify 'in situ' that biodiversity among the 85 trees and unique groves proposed, a group of more than 60 people participated today in a route guided by these living legends of the Islands and met the highest tree in Gran Canaria, a eucalyptus of 50 meters that is located in the Jardin de Corvo, in Moya. This is a copy that is on private property, which is known as 'large walnut of Corvo' and is 150 years old.

They were also able to discover the particularities of the two San Fernando dragos, also in Moya, which are over 170 years old and 11 meters high. These two copies are on private property and stand out, in addition to their size and age, because they are very well preserved.

The group later moved to Finca de Osorio in Teror, owned by the Cabildo, to take a tour of the seven unique trees that this space houses, which makes it the place that has more copies.

Among those specimens, the 100-year-old Osorio cork oak tree stands out and the largest in Gran Canaria in its kind, with almost 12 meters high and five meters perimeter at its base.

Also the Canarian cedar of Osorio is the largest of those on the Island and of the oldest singular trees, since it is 300 years old, while the Barbusan is centenary and is almost 20 meters high.

Another species that houses Osorio is the South American ombú, with four specimens, in addition to the largest pine in Gran Canaria, 34 meters high and 150 years old. To them are added the oaks of 150 years and a centenary platanar.

The Singular Trees Catalog of Gran Canaria is an initial proposal with specimens that stand out for their age, size, morphology, beauty, rarity, scientific, historical, cultural and educational interest. In addition, they are witnesses of the past, unique living beings and symbols of the territory where they are located, and for that reason they need protection.

The Ministry of Environment began in 2018, with the collaboration of the Canarian University Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Dual Training Program Inserts, an inventory of these trees that can be considered of local and island interest, which started from a relationship of more than 400 copies, one of the most complete databases that have been made of this natural heritage.

Thanks to the field work, 273 specimens have been identified and located, of which 85 have finally been selected, which are the ones that constitute the base proposal, of which 55 are of native species and 30 are foreign, whether from Australia, South America, Southeast Asia, Madagascar and North Africa, among many other parts of the planet such as Nortflock Island.

Of the species that make up the catalog, 14 are palm trees, 10 are dragon trees, 9 correspond to Canarian pines, in addition to housing 7 seedlings, 5 olive trees and another 5 ficus. To them are added 4 araucarias and 3 chestnut and eucalyptus, and many other species such as cardons, junipers, tobacco, carob trees, holm oaks, barbusanos, cedars, fayas, laurels, madroños, vineyards, cork oaks, ceibas, cycas, flamboyans, olive trees, elms, bananas and oaks.

This is an open catalog, which must now go through different procedures, public consultation periods and the publication of the draft ordinance on a web page to receive contributions. It will also be necessary a legal report, hearing to those interested, to subsequently approve it in a plenary session of the Cabildo and publish it in the Official Gazette of the Province of Las Palmas. For that reason, this initial starting point of 85 could increase or decrease.

The botanist and world expert in singular trees Bernabé Moya highlighted the particularities of this catalog and the biodiversity of Gran Canaria, especially the height of palm trees and native species such as dragos, in addition to the seedling groups, such as Guayedra. He also emphasized the uniqueness of trees that are in the courtyards of old houses, which do not exist on the Peninsula.

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