Medusa head winch

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Medusa head winch
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Medusa head winch ( Convolvulus caput-medusae )

Euasterids I
Order : Nightshade (Solanales)
Family : Bindweed family (Convolvulaceae)
Genre : Winds ( convolvulus )
Type : Medusa head winch
Scientific name
Convolvulus caput-medusae

The Medusenhaupt winch ( Convolvulus caput-medusae ) is a plant type from the family of wind plants (Convolvulaceae).


The Medusa head wind is a low, bulky shrub that reaches heights of 10 to 30 centimeters. The branches are sharp. The leaves are small, gray-green, spatulate and densely and softly hairy. The almost sessile flowers are white, pink on the outside, 18 millimeters long and arranged individually in the leaf axils.

The flowering period extends from January to May.

The number of chromosomes is 2n = 30.


The Medusa head wind occurs on the Canary Islands Fuerteventura , Lanzarote and Gran Canaria on wind-swept coastal locations .

Hazards and protective measures

The habitat of this species is increasingly restricted by the construction of roads and settlement areas. Several locations of this type are protected in various nature reserves on the islands. Furthermore, it is pulled into culture for reintroduction.

supporting documents

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Convolvulus caput-medusae at In: IPCN Chromosome Reports . Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis
  2. Convolvulus caput-medusae in the Red List of Threatened Species of the IUCN 2013.2. Posted by: Navarro, J., Oliva Tejera, F., Scholz, S. & González González, R., 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2014.