Monday, April 13, 2020

Darwin's orchid flowers for the first time in the Canary Islands at Güímar in Tenerife

 The Darwin's Orchid from our Tropicarium has surprised us with a spectacular second flower.

Some positive news amongst the immense health and social drama that we are experiencing is the drastic reduction of pollution in our air and in our skies and, thanks to this atmospheric cleaning, the botanical miracle we have encountered today.

For the first time in the Canary Islands, a species considered endangered: Darwin's orchid (Angraecum sesquipedale) has flowered at the Botanical Garden of the Pirámides de Güímar complex, in Tenerife.

Florece por primera vez en Canarias la orquídea de Darwin

Florece por primera vez en Canarias, una Orquídea de Darwin

This orchid, native to Madagascar, is an example of co-evolution. It has a 30 cm spur, with an attractive nectar. When he was first introduced to the orchid, the prestigious scientist predicted that there should be a moth that would have a proboscis of equal size. As in Nature everything has its explanation, 42 years later the moth "Xanthopan morganii praedicta" was described, thus confirming Darwin's prediction.