Syn.: Tetraena fontanesii (Webb et Berthel.) Beier et Thulin
Family: Zygophyllaceae R. Br.

Zygophyllum fontanesii

Distribution: Endemic species of Macaronesia – the coastal zone of Madeira, the Canary Islands and southern Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauretania.

Ecology: It grows in sandy and rocky places and on cliffs of coastal areas – a halophilic plant. It blooms from January to June.

Description: Low shrub, 10–60 cm tall. The leaves are fleshy, succulent, cylindrical, green or yellow, the flowers are pink, tiny. The fruit is a capsule.

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Zygophyllum fontanesii

These images were taken in Spain, the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Malpaís de Güimar (April 1, 2006).