Hypericum canariense

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Hypericum canariense
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Hypericaceae
Genus: Hypericum
Species: H. canariense
Binomial name
Hypericum canariense

Hypericum canariense is a species of St. John's-wort known by the common name Canary Islands St. John's-wort.


It is endemic to the Canary Islands, where it grows in the coastal scrub and moist forested slopes of the five westernmost islands. It is also known as an introduced species in Australia, New Zealand, and the US states of California and Hawaii, where it is an escaped ornamental plant and generally considered a minor noxious weed.


This is a flowering shrub growing 2–3 metres (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) in height. Its many stems bear waxy lance-shaped leaves 5–7 centimetres (2.0–2.8 in) long. The plentiful flowers each have five bright to deep yellow petals each just over a centimeter long and many yellowish whiskery stamens. It reproduces via the seed in its dehiscent dry fruits and also vegetatively via rhizome.

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