L. f., Boraginaceae
Present on Pacific Islands? no
Primarily a threat at high elevations? no
Risk assessment results: Accept, score: -2 (Go to the risk assessment)
Other Latin names: Echium fastuosum J. Jacq., nom. illeg.
Common name(s): [more details]
English: pride of Madeira, tower of jewels
Description: "Shrub 1-3 m. Leaves persistent, 6-20 cm, narrowly elliptic, densely strigose. Inflorescence 3-4 dm; branches many, spreading. Flowers ± radial; calyx 3-5 mm; corolla 5-9 mm, blue to violet; stamens all exserted. Fruit: nutlets rough, fine-tubercled" (Wilkin & Kelley, 1993; p. 378).
"Shrubby and branching, to 6 ft.; leaves lanceolate, white-hairy, distinctly veined; flowers white, or blue with white lines, nearly sessile, in a dense, long thyrse" (Bailey & Bailey, 1976; p. 416).
Habitat/ecology: In California (US), "open, dry slopes and bluffs; less than 300 m" (Wilkin & Kelley, 1993; p. 378). In New Zealand, "coastal cliffs, steep, dry volcanic slopes" (Webb et al., 1988; p. 373).
Native range: Madeira, Canary Islands (Bailey & Bailey, 1976; p. 416).
Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
|New Zealand (country)||
|Webb, C. J./Sykes, W. R./Garnock-Jones, P. J. (1988) (p. 373)|
United States (west coast)
United States (west coast states)
|USA (California)||Vander Velde, Nancy (year unknown)|
Comments: Reported as an invasive plant in California per Nancy Vander Velde, pers. com.
Control: If you know of control methods for Echium candicans, please let us know.