According to Izquierdo et al. (2004), A. canariensis is endemic to the Canary Islands where it occurs on the islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. However, Valdés and Scholz; with contributions from Raab-Straube and Parolly (2009) and USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program (2010) record it as native to the Canary Islands and Morocco. According to J.A. Reyes Betancort and A. Santos Guerra (pers. comm. 2010) it occurs on Lanzarote and Fuerteventura and there is an old mention of it from Tenerife. However, they have not found it outside of the Canary Islands.