Plant life in Sicily

Most of these photos were taken with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR Micro 105mm f/2.8 or 24-70mm f/2.8.


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



Aloe plant, Hotel La Corte del Sole, Noto.

Aloe plant in the beautiful courtyard at the Hotel La Corte del Sole, Noto.



Tree bark, cracking trunk

Tree bark. Cracking trunk near Gibilmanna.




Monster tree in the ruins at Solunto.



flower, Gibilmanna

A beautiful flower near Gibilmanna. Could it be Cyclamen persicum or Cyclamen hederifolium?




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



plant life in sicily

Yellow aloe plant on la rocca di Cefalù.



poppies, Selinunte

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



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


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



flower in Cefalù (la rocca)

Beautiful flower (Lathyrus clymenum?).




Unfriendly plant near Temple E at Selinunte.




Latomie, Archeological Park, Siracusa.



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




Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) near Castelmola.



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




Lemons, oranges, pistachio and sugar cane were brought to Sicily during the Arab rule (827-1091).




Aloe plant outside the Ancient Greek Theatre in Taormina.



A magnificent Cycas revoluta on Isola Bella, Taormina. The Cycas revoluta (also called Cycad, Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Sago Palm ) is more than 200 million years, and is very poisonous. All parts of this plant contain the toxin cycasin, but the seeds have the highest concentration. Ingestion of any part of this plant may cause permanent internal damage or death. Symptoms of poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, seizures, and liver failure. Pets are attracted to this plant. Pet symptoms of poisoning include nosebleeds, bruising, and blood in stools.




View of the baroque city Modica from the stairs leading up to the cathedral. Bougainvillea.



flowers at Castello di Venere, Erice

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




Driving around Mount Etna.



Orto botanico, Palermo

A spectacular tree in Orto botanico, Palermo.



Pond in Orto botanico, Palermo

Many turtles live in the pond at Orto botanico, Palermo.



A lizard in Orto botanico, Palermo.

A lizard in the Botanical Garden, Palermo.



Orto botanico, Palermo

Orto botanico, Palermo



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 and trees from all over the world. In the lovely lily pond, there are lots of cute turtles.



Aloe plant, Orto botanico, Palermo

Aloe plant. Orto botanico, Palermo.




Cactus. Orto botanico, Palermo.



Crane flower or bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae). Orto botanico, Palermo.

Bird of paradise, also called crane flower (Strelitzia reginae). Botanical Gardens, Palermo.



Lemons. Orto botanico, Palermo.



Lizard, Orto botanico, Palermo

Lizard living in Palermo Botanical Garden.

See photos of Sicilian lizards here …



Children playing inside a tree at Palermo Botanical Garden.


Tree, Orto botanico, Palermo



Lizard in Orto botanico, Palermo. Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad

A lizard investigating plants the cactus section.

See photos of Sicilian lizards here …



A tree with nasty spikes. Orto botanico, Palermo

A tree with nasty spikes. Orto botanico, Palermo



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