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Range DescriptionCistus chinamadensis is a taxon endemic to Canary Islands, Spain. Three subspecies have been described: Cistus chinamadensis ssp. chinamadensis, Cistus chinamadensis ssp. gomerae and Cistus chinamadensis ssp. ombriosus. This taxon is present in a total of seven locations and its total area of occupancy is 11 km². Its total distribution range at a species level, seems to have decreased.
Cistus chinamadensis ssp. chinamadensis is endemic to the island of Tenerife, the Canary Islands, Spain (Mesa Coello et al. 2004), where it can be found between 400 and 700 m asl, in Anaga, on the northeastern part of the island. It is present in three locations: Roque de los Pinos, Mesa del Brezal and Monte de Aguirre with an area of occupancy of 4 km2. Distribution trends for this subspecies have been described as stable or increasing (Gobierno de Canarias 2009).
Cistus chinamadensis ssp. gomerae is endemic to the island of La Gomera, where it can be found between 1,050 and 1,300 m asl, in two natural locations: Los Roques and Roque Imada (Bañares et al. 2008, Gobierno de Canarias 2009). One more natural population, known as Lerguito, was reported in the past but it has not been found since 1996. The taxon in also present in Cherelepín, where it was successfully introduced to in 1998. It has been introduced to three more sites but the viability of these populations is not known yet. Its area of occupancy is 6 km² (Marrero Gómez et al. 2008b) and its distribution is decreasing (Gobierno de Canarias 2009).
Cistus chinamadensis ssp.ombriosus is endemic to the island of El Hierro, where it grows at 1,250 m asl, in one single location near Valle de El Golfo (Marrero Gómez et al. 2008a). Its area of occupancy is 1 km². It is believed that its distribution range was higher in the past (Gobierno de Canarias 2009).