Top Samos Orchid Sites (3)
Scrub above track for about 50 metres between Aghia Triada monastery and main road between Hora and Mytilinii (roughly 37° 42.431’N 26° 55.236’E), 98m altitude.
A nice little area which I chanced upon on my way back from a drive around the monastery area. Road pretty rocky and narrow in places, so 4×4 recommended, (though you could walk up from the main road just less than a mile away). You often happen upon new sites once you get your eye in for the right kind of habitat; on the tracks you have to drive slowly anyway, so you can try to spot orchids at the roadside.
Ophrys ? (which will be the subject of another blog entry in due course)
Barlia robertiana (over)
Samos Site 3 with Ophrys regis-ferdinandii in habitat, on the flat just above the pine needles