Plant life in Sicily

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Orto botanico - The Botanical Garden in Palermo

Aloe plicatilis in the Botanical Garden (Orto botanico) in Palermo, a nice place to relax between visiting churches and museums in Palermo. The garden opened to the public in 1795. It has a lot of plants from all over the world. In the lovely lily pond, there are lots of cute turtles.

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Insect on plant (Ferula communis?), la rocca di Cefalù.

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Aloe plant, Hotel La Corte del Sole, Noto.

Aloe plant (I think) in the beautiful courtyard at the Hotel La Corte del Sole, Noto.

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Tree bark, cracking trunk

Tree bark. Cracking trunk near Gibilmanna.

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Monster tree at Solunto.

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flower, Gibilmanna

Beautiful flower near Gibilmanna.

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3. SS113 along the coastline of Northern Sicily. This may be Asparagus horridus.

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Yellow aloe plant (I think) on la rocca di Cefalù.

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poppies, Selinunte

Poppies (Papaver rhoeas?) growing on the defensive wall at Selinunte. The flowers couldn't save the ancient city from almost total destruction, though.

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Photo of Asphodelus ramosus (?) taken at Halaesa Archonidea (Italian: Alesa Arconidea).

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Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halaesa

 

 

In Sicily this cactus is called "ficu r'igna".

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flower in Cefalù (la rocca)

Beautiful flower, but what is it? Maybe Lathyrus clymenum?

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Unfriendly plant near Temple E at Selinunte.

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public garden taormina

10. Flower (Strelitzia regina?) in the Public Garden, Taormina.
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Latomie, Syracuse.

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(12) Bougainvillea on Isola Bella. The strange brown "nut" is probably a cocoon of some sort.

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Colours in June.
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Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) near Castelmola.

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Cactus, Castelmola

Cactus near Castelmola.

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16. Flowers: Bougainvillea and Plumbago.

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Ant captured and eaten by a spider on a cactus. The photo was taken on the beautiful little island Isola Bella near Taormina.

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Did you know that lemons, oranges, pistachio and sugar cane were brought to Sicily during the Arab rule (827-1091)?

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Flower outside the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina. I think it is Aloe vera flower.

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20. Above Taormina.
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Palm tree (Phoenix?) on Isola Bella, Taormina.

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Flower Public Gardens, Taormina

Sunflower in the Public Gardens, Taormina.
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View of the baroque city Modica from the stairs leading up to the cathedral. Bougainvillea.

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flowers

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flowers at Castello di Venere, Erice

Beautiful, but tiny flowers at Castello di Venere, Erice.

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Driving around Mount Etna.

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Taormina

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Taormina

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