Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tenerife, Spain

I got this card from Sean in Spain, and im extra happy to have my first card from Tenerife. Well Tenerife IS a Spanish Island and is actually the largest one of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.
Now since i didnt really pay much attention to Geography at school, History even less...some years ago, i used to think that Tenerife is just an island for itself and not under any other government and to make it worse, i used to think its somewhere either near Seychelles or Virgin Islands or Hawaii....yeah...have a laugh...

On the card you can see a dragon tree, which can be found only on the Canary Islands and a few places in Africa. This one is called Dracaena Draco, or just Drago...cool name for a tree :)

The tree is characterised by a single or multiple trunk growing up to 12 m tall (rarely more), with a dense umbrella-shaped canopy of thick leaves. It grows slowly, requiring about ten years to reach 1 m tall. Dracaena draco does not display annual rings and age can only be estimated by the number of branch forking occurrences (indicating the number of flowering episodes) and measuring the frequency of flowering (less than annual). Some specimens are believed to be up to 650 years old; the oldest is growing at Icod de los Vinos in northwest Tenerife ( yaayy, thats the one on the card ;-)

When the bark or leaves are cut, it secretes a reddish resin known as Dragon's Blood, used in ancient Roman and mediaeval magic and alchemy then believed by the users to be the dried blood of  dragons.

Mmmm, i love such myths and stories, about dragons and alchemy in particular...there is something fascinating at it, even though if i were an alchemist, i would have been a terrible one :) But i love reading and learning about it...

Thanks a lot Sean for the card...i love it when apart from having a really cool card, i get to learn something new as well.


Tenerife Lover said...

Great that you got a postcard from Tenerife.
Tenerife is lush, it's known as the "land of eternal spring.". A great place to go for a holiday because they have special tax rules so shopping is cheaper than Spanish mainland.

Sean McLachlan said...

This is the second Dragon Tree postcard I've sent out and both got really positive comments. I'm going to have to buy more of them!

Jandia said...

It's a lovely postcard. Shows another side to Tenerife that most people don't see.