The flora of Galapagos is just as
extraordinary as its wildlife, although it has received less
attention and publicity.
There are about 560 native species of
plants in the islands,
in other words, plants which arrived in the islands by
natural means. Of these, almost one third are endemic to the
islands, meaning they are found nowhere else on earth.
Galapagos plants tend to be 'pioneer' species, hardy plants
which successfully cross oceans and manage to establish
themselves in the often hostile environment of islands.