What is this shrub that's low to the ground and looks flat, green, and nettle-like? It seems to thrive on lava fields and develops lignified stems.

It can be found around 28.266°,-16.588° in Teide National Park on Tenerife of the Canaries.

image of the plant described above (Click to see full-screen image for details.)


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This is a Canary mountain figwort (Scrophularia glabrata).

Wikimedia has some photos for comparison, but I found a very nice one here:

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Compare the leaves and seed heads to those in your photo.

According to the Tenerife Tourism Corporation it's one if the top ten plants in the Teide National Park.

  • Great, this seems to be it, thanks! But like the related question, it looks quite diverse on different pictures and, also like Erysimum scoparium, there’s not too much information on S. glabrata.
    – dakab
    Dec 16, 2016 at 9:04

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