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Among its numerous aliases in Spanish are granadillo, espanta demonios, flor de cruz, and leña de brujas.
It is endemic to the Canary Islands, where it grows in the xerophytic scrub and forested slopes of the five westernmost islands from 150 to 800m.:219 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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