Harpalyce macrocarpa (sangre de doncella) is one of the few tree species occurring in the serpentine thickets of Central Cuba. It relies on the humidity that the running water of nearby streams provides to thrive in the dry serpentine ecosystems.
In the past, the jíjira (Leptocereus wrightii) was common in Cojímar and El Vedado in Havana. Then it was thought Extinct, displaced by livestock and urbanization. Today is the only Cuban cactus that could truly claim the name “El Habanero”.
An endangered and very attractive species of the Cuban flora is visited by a Planta!’s team. Named after Dr. Atila Borhidi, a Hungarian botanist who devoted many years to the study of the Cuban flora, Coccothrinax borhidiana needs our help to secure its survival.
From Baracoa, the oldest city of Cuba, Arlet narrates on her trip to nurseries growing Magnolia minor, an endemic and threatened Cuban tree. The exquisite aroma of the magnolias in the mountains brings back memories of the Taino culture, in a region where their footprint is everywhere.