Galapagos Flowers

Many Galapagos Flowers are endemic to this remote Archipelago. They provide food for many land animals.


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This group of Islands has a volcanic origin, which means they were formed millions of years ago when volcanoes under the ocean's floor erupted repeatedly, building up walls of cooled lava.

At first, these volcanic Islands were totally out of any kind life until bit by bit seeds and organisms were brought here by birds, the wind or by chunks of vegetation floating on the sea.

All or one of these reasons could have brought the Galapagos flowers to life. There are more than 500 species of Galapagos plants living in these Islands, and about 40 % of them are endemic to the Galapagos.

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The Galapagos flora also plays an important role in providing food to many land animals like: Galapagos Tortoises, Iguanas and other reptiles. The flora also feeds sea birds like Boobies and Frigatebirds.

Since Charles Darwin visited the Islands in 1835 the flora and fauna of the Galapagos have been constantly researched and studied.

Going from shores to highlands, we can identify seven zones of vegetation in the Galapagos Islands, these are:

  • Scalesia Zone
  • Coastal Zone
  • Desert Zone
  • Transition Zone
  • Miconia Zone
  • Brown Zone
  • Pampa Zone

The Galapagos Islands have around 240 species of introduced plants brought in by humans. The people responsible for this are mainly farmers and settlers that brought with them plants from mainland Ecuador.

The majority of these introduced species can be seen mainly on the Islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana. These new species have threatened the ecology of the Islands in many areas.

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Galapagos Lava Cactus

These are plants that grow on lava grounds. It can be found on Islands that have black lava flows like: Isabela Island or Bartolome Island.

This plant is a source of food for bees and small insects in Galapagos.

It is considered to be a pioneer plant. It has bright yellow tipped coloring and microphone shapes, the plant has soft spines and grows in clumps to a height of about two feet (60 cm). The Galapagos flowers are white in color but don't last too much.

Beach Morning Glory

These Galapagos flowers are abundant in Santiago Island. These coastal flowers are among the largest in the Galapagos Islands. This plant plays an important role in stabilizing sand dunes.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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