El Drago Milenario

El Drago Milenario
Drago milenario, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, España, 2012-12-13, DD 01.jpg
El Drago Milenario is located in Tenerife
El Drago Milenario
El Drago Milenario
SpeciesCanary Islands dragon tree (Dracaena draco)
Coordinates28°22′00″N 16°43′20″W / 28°22′00″N 16°43′20″W / 28.3666; -16.72222
Height21 m (69 ft)
Girth20 m (66 ft)

El Drago, also known as Drago Milenario and Drago de Icod de los Vinos, is the oldest and largest living specimen of Dracaena draco, or dragon tree, in Parque del Drago, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Spain. It is said to be a thousand years old, although the age is disputed. It is one of the symbols of Tenerife, and was declared a national monument in 1917.

Description

It is the largest and oldest living specimen of Dracaena draco (common name dragon tree).[1] It is in Parque del Drago, Icod de los Vinos in Tenerife.[2] It is around 20–21 metres (66–69 ft) tall,[1] with a circumference around 20 metres (66 ft). It has over 300 main branches. The trunk contains a 6-metre-high (20 ft) cavity accessible by a door, with a fan installed to provide ventilation.[2] It is estimated to weigh around 140 tons.[3] When it flowered in 1995, it had around 1,800 flowering branches, with its weight increasing by 3.5 tonnes during the fruiting season.[4]

It is one of the symbols of Tenerife. It was depicted on the 1,000 peseta note. It is part of the coat of arms for the Icod de los Vinos (Icod of the Wines) municipality and appears in local legends.[2] While the tree is in the Parque del Drago (Drago Park), which charges for entry, it is possible to view it for free from the town square.[3]

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