The Center for Information Service of the Natural Park of Madeira is located in the path Carried in São Gonçalo , and is known by the Center for Dragon Trees Neves.
The area was acquired by CISPNM Regional Government , to ensure the continuity of a remarkable group of centenarians dragoeiros and safeguard for the future as valuable assets . There are no records known about the exact origin of these specimens but it is more likely that they have developed from a nursery therein in times past. Either way , it is an undeniable value , either as a landmark monumental landscape that stretch of landscape , whether scientific .
Beyond the Core Dragon Trees centenarians there is a garden with indigenous vegetation of the coast of Madeira , with few copies and endemic Madeira archipelago . This vegetation was planted to be characteristic of the area of occurrence of dragon trees and to create a range of protection to them living there !
The Information Centre resulted from the recovery of a small dilapidated building at the site in order to work, since 1996 , as a local environmental information center, reception and polo promotion of activities related to nature conservation and biodiversity in general.
Environmental Education Activities
It is from the Information Centre SPNM that are streamlined all environmental education activities . See the program of activities and to find out more information about them or to make your appointment , please contact the CISPNM .
In the center are also streamlined the children’s workshops .
Guided tours of the garden of indigenous and endemic plants
In CISPNM are conducted guided tours of the garden plants indigenous and endemic species , including the Nucleus Dragon Trees centenarians .
The Dragon Tree Dracaena draco ( L. ) L. , is a slow-growing tree , evergreen , reaching 15 to 20 feet tall , with a crown -shaped umbel . The leaves are glabrous , narrow and long , gray-green color . The flowers , white , grouped in large inflorescences arise between August and October . Its berries are fleshy , showy , orange-yellow color .
From the standpoint of phytosociological the dragon tree is connected to the coastal vegetation of xerophytic characteristics , preferring rocky slopes and sunny .
Its natural range is the Macaronesia , with the exception of the Azores archipelago . Once abundant in Porto Santo , is now extinct , being rare in Madeira.
The dragon tree sap was much used in dyeing and for medicinal purposes , and the plant , at present a widespread ornamental use in parks and gardens .
Beyond the dragon trees along the garden you can find other plants common to the coast , such as the rare lavender, the kelp , the cila Madeira , the ensaião the abrotona or herb – white , several species of estreleira , the fig – the – hell, carlina or thistle – white, the cabreira the jasmine and the jasmine -yellow – white, esparto , fennel navy , the wormwood , geranium , the Globularia the malfurada the muchia golden , perpetual , the Plantago Madeira .
Some shrubs like boxwood – the – rock, the massaroco and heather and some trees such as wild olive , the marmulano , the cedar wood , beech, rolling, white -wood , the dogwood , among some copies of Lauraceae , as Barbusano , the tilde , laurel and mahogany
Contact Center and make your visit accompanied by a technician !
The Center for Information Service of the Madeira Natural Park is open to the entire population , from Monday to Friday from 9am – 12 , 30h and from 14 to 17.30 h .
Address : Path of Portada – São Gonçalo ( Sitio das Neves – Core of Dragon Trees ) 9060-245 Funchal