New Trip Report: Crete

3 Comments
  1. Vladimir Dinets 6 months ago

    Finding 51 out of 70 orchid species is totally mind-blowing. I would be happy if I found 5.

    • Venkat Sankar 6 months ago

      I also found that statistic pretty amazing. Even larger plants like conifers can be maddeningly difficult to find unless you have extremely precise locality data or know local experts who can lead you to them… I guess that’s where the mobility of mammals helps a bit 🙂

  2. Michael 6 months ago

    Well, I guess that’s where being a botanist by profession helps ;-). But there are lots of locality information on Cretan orchids around and I asked some colleagues who gave me good tips. And even some of the well-known sites such as between Spili and Gerakari are amazing, with around 25 species in flower. Still, it took me many hours of walking through the spiny phrygana to track down all these species. Lots of fun! If anybody is interested in details, jusk ask!

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