ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dracunculus canariensis is a rare and unusual wild flower

Updated on February 20, 2016

Dracunculus canariensis photo

Dracunculus canariensis growing in the Teno mountains
Dracunculus canariensis growing in the Teno mountains

The Canary Dragon Aroid

There is a very unusual wild flower found growing on the Canary Islands known as the Canary Dragon Aroid, or in Latin as Dracunculus canariensis . It is a species of arum lily in the Araceae family, which are noted for the sheaths that grow like hoods around the central part of the flowers.

Many species of aroid give off an unpleasant smell to attract flies as pollinators when they are in bloom. In the UK there is the common Cuckoo Pint or Lords-and-ladies (Arum maculatum ), which is a common sight in woodlands and hedgerows in spring with its spotted arrow-shaped leaves and hooded flowers that enclose a purple spadix and bright red berries that follow them at the top of the flowering stalks.

Related to the Voodoo Lily

Dracunculus canariensis is known in Spanish as "Tacarontilla", and is closely related to Dracunculus vulgaris and other species that have been made popular through horticultural trade as "Voodoo lilies." These plants are often sold and traded as tubers that can be grown to flowering stage without any soil or water. This novelty factor is what makes the plant so attractive to people who wish to grow them.

Naturally they grow much better if soil and water is provided. All of the aroids or arums produce spathes and spadices, in other words an outer sheath part and an inner spike which carries the tiny flowering parts at the base where the berries develop after pollination.

Most of the plants in this family flower in spring and die down afterwards. Most of them also attract insect pollinators by giving off a horrible smell like rotten meat.

The Canary Dragon Aroid grows in groups in waste ground and clear spaces below forests, and in Tenerife is mainly confined to some parts of the north of the island. Its creamy white flowers stand out in spring when they are produced.

Afterwards the red berries form in clusters and the leaves of the plant die back until next year.

Dracunculus canariensis is also found on El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria but is becoming increasingly rare due to the land being used for farming, housing and other building developments.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Ranulf Bennet 

      7 years ago

      I have hundreds of this rare species just in my front yard.

    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you, Kaie!

    • Kaie Arwen profile image

      Kaie Arwen 

      10 years ago


    • Tenerife Islander profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      10 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you for posting, DAL!

    • D.A.L. profile image


      10 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Tenerife,thank you for introducing me to your plant. We have Arum over here in England. Always good to be taught of other's naïve flora.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)