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Mentioning Sicily, now that is also a very interesting place, especially above 1,000 meters where one can see vegetation which is hardly "Mediterranean" in type.
even in most med countries the med vegetation is confined to a fairly narrow strech along the coasts. i think Malta is the only country having a med climate everywhere because its a med island without tall mountains. most bigger med islands including Sicily have even alpine vegetation on the mountaintops.
RE sicily Sdravko, it is a VERY interesting and beautiful place. I went about 3 times in the Nebrodi mts north of Etna, plenty of forested area and lots lots lots of beautiful wild plants. I never went there for the plants (probably for the food, and no I didn't eat the plants except cultivated ) but it's great.
Etna is of course something else, going up to 3.3Km elevation, you see very differing vegetation and on the lava, depending on the age, you see the regeneration of plant life in various stages.
- About 1400m
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- Orchid sp 2. About 1400m
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- Orchid sp. About 1400m
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- Primrose at 1700m - the temp at sea level about 45 minutes drive away was 24C, here it was 6.5C!
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- Cyclamen at about 1300m, Nebrodi
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- At 2000m on etna, area of recent eruption
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- Giant Agave sp.
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- Better pic of the yellow orchid.
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Nice Sicilian orchids too RB - one of your pictures seems to be O. lutea - does anyone know what the paler cream coloured orchid is?
I think this occurs mainly with species commonly in cultivation where gardeners, etc use the Latin name rather than the "common" name, and they tend not to be so fussy. So anything that looks like an agave is an agave, and if it's americana, (that is if they bother with the species name at all) then they all are, since for them unlike for scientific folk, who cares that it's slightly bigger/smaller/wider/greener etc than something which looks like it.
For me that agave is considerably different to the sp in Malta, again, just look at the flower spike which was probably about 20cm thick, and the "knobs" on it (the buds for the branchlets or whatever they are called) are highly exaggerated.
And the "model" is not far shy off 6' so there's your scale
Here's some more Sicilian orchid pics for you to enjoy ID'ing - just don't ask me
- Of course not an orchid but nice, very.
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- Nebrodi panoramic
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- Nebrodi mts valley
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- Etna slopes, low levels
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WOW Sicilly is really a green paradise. Shall we go in the Easter holidays guys? I think I can do it, Robcar is interested, RB also, others are welcomed. 3 days-5days-7days?!
Thanks to all for sharin
(its amazing how some topics change subject!)
DSCF0836.JPG & DSCF0839.JPG: should be Dactylorhiza romana (tiny bracts)
DSCF0512.JPG DSCF0511.JPG: should be Dactylorhiza sambucina (larger leafy bracts)
DSCF0845.JPG: Cyclamen repandum
DSCF0589.JPG: could be the Sicilian variety of Orchis morio (the upper petals are at least little darker veined)
DSCF0518.JPG: Aquilegia spec. (sp. is possibly closer related to the thalictifolia/alpina agg.)
DSCF0843.JPG: looks like Anemone appenina
DSCF0825.JPG: belongs to the Primula vulgaris group
Here a taste with 3 non-aliens, absolutely characteristic for the 2222m elevation of the Etna:
Astragalus siculus and my unbeatable favorite, the community of
Petrorhagia saxifraga ssp. saxifraga with Poa violacea ssp aetnensis.
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At the earliest, is end April, risking bad weather and rain, better May up to first 2 weeks of June.
At end April, at about 1000 meters, it is necessary to have the heating on in the accommodation, and the roses are still with buds.
May is a bit difficult to know, considering a little chance I have of some opportunities of work in Scandinavia related to flowers and digital technology.
Robcar would be busy at school
We keep it in mind and we see!