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After many years without a publically available, up to date map of the Parque de Malaga, in early June 2013 the local City Council or Ayuntamiento (Servicio Municipal de Parques y Jardines, Area de Medio Ambiente y Sostenibilidad) finally  produced their own excellent much needed guide to the area. It itemises 74 of the major plantings. They have also more recently produced downloadable plant profile documents in Spanish for each of these, and a link to Google Earth so that you can take your own virtual tour through the Parque, along with a limited photo gallery.

You can access all these through the following page. Just follow the links through Jardines Historicas y Emblematicas and click on El Parque.

Writing in 2015, the good news is that the visitor to the area can now find even more information through a recently published book, complete with map and full botanical guide.

“El Parque de Malaga. Un Ejemplo de Biodiversidad”  has, fascinatingly, been rewritten and updated by the same original authors of the 1987 “El Parque de Malaga” survey, Blanca Diez-Garretas and Alfredo Asensi. This new edition is a welcome companion on any visit to the Parque, and you can usually find it to buy (depending on availability) in one of the many bookshops in Malaga city centre, and even in the Eroski supermarket in the Larios Centre just over the river.

Given the lack of any official map until recently, I’d already embarked on my own attempt at a giude which I now hope complements the others available. For example, of the 75 plantings identified in the City Council map, there were a few that I had obviously missed. However, I’d managed to add at least another 44 specimens not included in the official map, and obviously the new comprehensive guide published last year now goes even more into detail, covering some 280 plus trees, shrubs, palms and herbaceous plantings. Between all three sources, hopefully the tourist can find something of interest !

Visiting again in January 2015, it’s worth mentioning two points.

Firstly, the Botanical world has a habit of constantly renaming and reclassifying plants year after year – the visitor will always find changes to the “nomenclature”.

Secondly, the Parque doesn’t stand still and there are always new plants added on a regular basis, whether it be groundcover, new drifts of block planting, or larger specimen palms and trees. Being a fairly regular visitor I hope through this blog to keep the map up to date where possible.

Here’s my own effort from 2015 with a plant list including a few updates and botanical corrections. Plantings are numbered in Black, Statues & Monuments lettered in Red – see the separate section for a listing of these.




1. Dracaena draco

2. Kigelia pinnata

3. Erythrina caffra

4. Phoenix dactylifera

5. Roystonea olecacea

6. Howea fosteriana

7. Caryota urens 

8. Howea belmoreana

9. Ceiba pubiflora

10. Caryota mitis

11. Quercus robur

12. Acrocomia aculeata

13. Pritchardia hillebrandii

14.Brunfelsia calycina syn. pauciflora

15. Brahea armata

16. Peltophorum dubium

17. Dombeya x cayeuxii

18. Quiscalis indica syn. Combretum indica

19. Quercus ilex

20. Podocarpus nerifolius

21. Encephalartos laurentianus

22. Cycadaceas zamiaceas  (C.revoluta, C. circinalis  throughout/a lo largo del Parque)

23. Meryta denhamii

24. Arenga engleri 

25. Ptychosperma elegans

26. Syragus romanzoffiana

27. Butia capitata,  Butia bonnet, Butia yatay,

28. Murraya paniculata

29. Strelitzia Nicolai,  Strelitzia reginae  

30. Roystonia regia 

31. Brachychiton acerifolium

32. Pheonix rupicola 

33. Bauhinia purpurea

34. Diospyros fasciculosa

35. Pinus canariensis

36. Schefflera elegantissima

37. Ginkgo biloba

38. Araucaria columnaris 

39. Alpinia zerumbet

40. Magnolia grandiflora

41. Chamaedorea costaricana

42. Persea americana

43. Trevisia palmata

44. Ravenea rivularis

45. Araucaria bidwillii

46. Ravenala madagascariensis

47. Citharexylum spinosum

48. Caryota gigas

49. Bismarckia nobilis

50. Spathodea campanulata

51. Montanoa bipinnatifida

52. Macadamia ternifolia

53. Archontophoenix alexandrae

54. Dypsis lutescens syn. Chrysalidocarpus lutescens

55.Pandanus utilis

56. Taxodium mucronatum

57. Jacaranda mimosifolia

58. Tetraclinis articulate

59. Alocasia odora

60. Livistona chinensis, Livistona sabirus

61. Plumeria rubra

62. Beaumontia grandiflora

63. Grevillea robusta

64. Celtis australis

65. Phoenix reclinata

66. Dypsis decaryi 

67. Ficus carica

68.Monstera deliciosa

69. Cephalotaxus harringtonia

70. Dracaena reflexa

71. Casimiroa tetrameria

72. Archontophoenix alexandrae

73. Platanus x hispanica syn. orientalis throughout Paso de los Curas.

74. Morus alba

75. Phoenix roebelenii

76. Araucaria heterophylla syn. A.excelsa

77. Brachychiton populneum

78. Datura x candida syn Brugmansia x candida

79. Musa cavendishii

80. Ceratonia siliqua

81. Eucalyptus polyanthemos

82. Sabal blackburniana

83. Acer negundo

84. Bambusa vulgaris

85. Cereus peruvianus (in poor condition/en mal estado 2013)

86. Yucca elephantipes

87. Copernica alba

88. Beaucarnea recurvata

89. Bignonia amarilla syn. Tecoma stans 

90. Livistona nitida

91. Acer saccharinum

92. Dracaena sanderiana or syn. D. fragrans.

93. Pachira aquatica

94. Deutzia x magnifica

95. Washingtonia robusta

96. Brahea brandegeei

97. Ligustrum lucidum

98. Harpephyllum caffrum

99. Megaskepasma erythroclanys

100. Acoelorrhape wrightii

101. Callistemon viminalis

102. Zapoteca portoricensis

103. Acalypha wilkesiana

104. Livistona australis

105. Chamaerops humilis

106. Ficus elastica

107. Pittosporum tobira (repitido a lo largo del Parque/repeated through the Park)

108. Livistona beuthamii  

109. Cupressus sempervirens

110. Erythrina speciosa

111.Taxus baccata

112. Rhapsis excelsa  

113. Washingtonia filifera

114. Ziziphus mauritiana

115. Coccoloba uvifera

116. Schleflera actinophylla

117. Doryanthes palmeri

118. Fucrea selleoana

119. Sterculia monosperma syn. nobilis (formerly coccinea). 

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2 thoughts on “PLANT LIST & MAP

    1. Hi Adam
      Yes, pleased to send you photo of No.92 – I have a couple of ideas but it’s on my list of things to sort out ! There is (or was) Liriope in the park but I’m sure the groundcover in that area is Clivia, either C.nobilis or C.miniata – I think both are present. The Alocasia is definitely labelled as odora, as you say. Appreciate comments and advice as I’m usng this blog to try and work through all the info piece by piece.
      Will email shortly, thanks.

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