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Laurisilva

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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, supporting numerous endemic species.

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 harbour a rich biota of understorey plants, invertebrates, and birds and bats.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 17:23