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This is an image of one of my favourite places on Earth: The laurel forest of Anaga, in Tenerife.
This picture was taken during a trek that a friend and me made yesterday. You can appreciate the humid climate that one can enjoy in Anaga, specially when in the rest of the island the temperature is absolutely hot!!!

Laurisilva or laurissilva ("laurel forest") is an endemic type of humid subtropical laurel forest found on several of the Macaronesian islands of the North Atlantic, namely Madeira Islands, the Azores and the Canary Islands, a precious relic of the Pliocene subtropical forests.

The forests are made up of laurel-leaved evergreen hardwood trees, reaching up to 40 meters in height. Many of the species are endemic to the islands, and harbor a rich biota of understory plants, invertebrates, and birds and bats, including a number of endemic species.

Laurisilva formerly covered much of the Azores and Madeira and parts of the western Canary Islands, but the forests have been much reduced in extent by logging, clearance for agriculture and grazing, and the invasion of exotic species. The most extensive laurisilva forests remain on Madeira, where they are found between 300 and 1400 meters altitude in the northern slope, and 700-1600 meters altitude in southern slope, and cover 149,5 km˛. In the Canary Islands, roughly 60 km˛ of laurisilva remain on Tenerife (mainly in Anaga, close to Santa Cruz, the capital) and over 20 km˛ in Garajonay National Park on La Gomera, and small areas on La Palma and Gran Canaria. In the Azores, small patches of laurisilva forest remain on the islands of Pico, Terceira, and Săo Miguel.

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Best Regards
Víctor

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