Flora of Kardamyli

Flora of Kardamyli

Text: A. Kaltsis
Photos: T. Adamakopoulos

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Kardamyli topoguide: Lithodora zahnii

In a recent study, where the spatial distribution of the endemic plants of the Peloponnese is evaluated, the Kardamyli area is included among those with the highest concentration in Greek and Peloponnesian endemics, just after the summit areas of Mt Taygetos, Mt Parnon and Mt Chelmos. Indeed, whether one visits the area in the spring (mainly) or in the autumn can admire, among the hundreds of wildflowers some unique local endemic plant species.

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Kardamyli topoguide: Campanula andrewsii

The halophyte Limonium kardamylii grows exclusively on the coastal rocky strip from Kardamyli to Stoupa, while the attractive chasmophytic shrub Lithodora zahnii grows in the gorges of Messenian Mani and Taygetos. Similar distribution, restricted in the Mani - Taygetos zone, have also the bulb Scilla messeniaca, the fritillary Fritillaria davisii, the autumn crocus Colchicum psaridis, the catchfly Silene goulimyi and others.

At the same time, in the wider area of ​​Kardamyli, at least 15 species of orchids have been recorded, mainly belonging to Ophrys and Serapias genera. Read more in the chapter Orchids of Kardamyli.

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Photos and descriptions for plant species of Kardamyli area are included in Kardamyli topoguide.

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