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Plants and Animals

Plants

Olive tree AeginaOlive tree AeginaPhoto: Views of Reality CC 4.0 International no changes made

The great biodiversity on the small Aegina is impressive. Hundreds of different types of trees, shrubs, flowers, wild plants, grasses and herbs grow and flourish on the island. Below is a random overview:

aker buttercupCanadian fleabanecommon heron beak
field marigoldChristanjelierplain salt-reported
field lion beakcistus rosecommon piglet herb
bindweeddark troshyacinthsmooth piglet weed
anemonethorn applesmooth honorific
asparagus-peathorny burnetglossy cranesbill
bearded iristhorn seedwave-blade torch
bastard poppyheathGreek cyclamen *
basterdamarantdoublegray mustard
bastard vetchdune bird walllarge field screen
hairy canary clovertrue cross thistleglasswort
broom brakesingle-flowered clovermallow mallow
beech treeannual bingelwortstinging nettle
beetelegant idelarge wax flower
blaasjeswingerdEuropean heliotropegreat plantain
bladder silenefine-leaved fumitoryhers foot
blue lupinebeautiful centauryhare-foot plantain
blue guichelheilbeautiful sorrelhedge tendril
blue leaf cloverfringe wine glassheliotrope
blue bedstrawFrench silenehemp eater
blood red broomrapeFrench bird's milkshepherd's purse
curvy sea lavendercrimped calf footherik
variegated vetchcrowned goose flowerstag hay
tree malvayellow goose flowerdeer horn plantain
tree spinachyellow horn poppychicken bite
blackberryyellow sternbergiacentennial alo
fireweedprickly acanthusdog helmet herb
wide rocketflamed fleabanedogweed
bremspotted rockrosehorn clover
broom horn clovercommon fumitoryhottentot fig
broomrapemilk thistle
bridal flowerregular missile

Greek cyclamen occurs on AeginaGreek cyclamen occurs on AeginaPhoto: Tejvan Pettinger CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

incarnate clovercrested lavendergiant chafer
Italian Snakewortlitmus plantrobertskruid
Italian Honeysucklesnapdragonred goose foot
camphoralantlandscape cloverred horn poppy
chamomileerodium malacoidesred beetroot
honeysuckleMilk thistlered ox tongue
caperMediterranean Cloveraround cyper grass
kattendoornMediterranean Milk Thistleround cranesbill
cat tail amaranthMediterranean selaginellared stonecrop
poppyMediterranean bindweedpink look
trefoilmadderrosemary
cleaversmilkweed footrough clover clover
small nettlemonk's pepperclover clover
little clover clovermonk's beardrough clover
small sole orchidmoss flowerraw pearl seed
common ragwortwallrough forget my staple
small-flowered mallowwall goose footsafflower
small-flowered snakewortwall navel herbsaffron crocus
small-flowered rock roseneedle chervilsage
small flowered sagenight beautysalt marsh
little honey cloverprimal leekchamomile chamomile
little poppyoleanderscale fern
little burnetoriental missileSicilian bindweed
little white cloverox-tonguesweet pea
sticky alantpurple morning starsleeping globe
clew horn flowerparrotwortsnake look
tangled sorrelumbrella plant *slender centaury
nodd flowerpeacock anemonenarrow-leaved ice herb
nodding wood sorrelpitch clovernarrow-leaved clover
knotty thorn seedpurslanenarrow road width
compassiarocket saladSpanish gold thistle
wreath walltendrils bunchSpanish daisy
crested hyacinthheron beakSpanish mustard

Umbrella plant, AeginaUmbrella plant, AeginaPhoto: Daniel Beyer CC3.0 Unported no changes made

spatula felt herbfelt cloverwarty bedstraw
skewerstocksoft cranesbill
spring cucumberflax lion beakthale cress
spiny chicoryvetchsea juin
spiky star eyebird's foot cloverseaalant
stinging lye herbstrange figwortsea rocket
sterhyacinthPlantain Snakewortsea us
smelly strip seedwild asparagussea fennel
shrub mallowwild chicorymarine diadem
shrubby samphirewild cuminfake salty spurry
Bindweedwild nigellesilver leaf nightshade
slender field wallwild carrotsummer bitterling
thymewild resedasummer violet
thyme-leafed savorychangeable flowerrockrose
thyme-leaved rockrosewhite henbaneblack nightshade *
troshyacinthwhite asphodelblack gooseberry
tuberous lion toothwhite amaranth
pig grasswhite clover
fennelwhite mustard
venus navelwhite reseda
prickly pear cactusspurge

Black nightshade, AeginaBlack nightshade AeginaPhoto: Vinayaraj CC 4.0 International no changes made

Animals

Aegina Stone partridgeAegina Rock partridgePhoto: Richard Bartz CC 2.5 Generic no changes made

Aegina is an excellent destination for bird watchers, who can encounter many species throughout the year. Some areas known as birding areas par excellence are Mt. Ellanio (Hellanios), the mountain hut of Paxia Rachi and the area outside the village of Kontos. Then catch a glimpse of (common) rock partridges, Sardinian warblers, subalpine warblers, Northern wheatears or wheatears and storks, among others.

Aegina is home to a unique delicacy that most islanders are not even aware of. It is a fish known as the Katsoula and can only be found in very special circumstances, which Aegina seems to have. The fish is therefore rarely found outside the waters around the island.

Another well-known fish of Aegina is the flathead grey mullet that lives in shallow sunny waters around Aegina. This fish is converted into Lykourinos, a delicious salted treat.

Large head hardener, AeginaFlathead grey mullet AeginaPhoto: Public domain

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Last updated December 2022
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