Sorry for the lousy picture - simply for the proof of occurrence.
Pretty sure there was Laurus azorica though I'm not sure whether the individual tree (pics 2 - 4) actually shows this species. Any help appreciated!
on sheer granitic slopes of inselberg
On sheer granitic slopes of inselberg
On sheer granitic slopes of inselberg - a bizarre ensemble of xerophytic plants on a rocky patch surrounded by an endless carpet of lowland forest
On granitic inselberg
growing on sheer granitic inselberg
roosting in Lolopasi Lodge
Found grounded during the day
Can't remember where exactly - somewhere in the city
Dead on beach
Informative article on this species:
Crawling into the undergrowth in this area looked almost like in a tropical forest until I realized the abundance of introduced ginger shoots growing all over the place.
It's amazing how fundamentally the ecosytems of the Azores have been changed in most places due to the introduction of a few dominant species.
I simply love these magnificent ferns - they exude this special atmosphere of prehistoric times, although on the Azores they are the result of rather recent introduction by man from the other side of the planet.
Either Potentilla anglica or P. erecta. Somewhere along the rim of the caldera.
Somewhere along the rim of the caldera. Happy to copy the observation if additional species are spotted on the larger pics!
The fern with the large leaves growing on the rock face of the lava tube collapse and on the floor near the entrance of the lava tube.
The twine. Growing in collapsed part of lava tube.
Growing in the entrance area of a partially collapsed lava tube
Growing in the collapsed part of a lava tube.