Didactic Proposals School Year 2010/2011
Pratorondanino Botanic Garden, created in 1979 by G.L.A.O. (Gruppo Ligure Amatori Orchidee
– Ligurian Group of Orchids Enthusiasts), is situated in the Municipality of Campo Ligure, in loc. Pratorondanino, at 750m asl.
In 1998, Regione Liguria
established the Regional Protected Area "Giardino Botanico di Pratorondanino", entrusting its management to the Province of Genova, that decided to maintain the historical management of G.L.A.O. The Botanic Garden focuses on the reconstruction of various mountain environments: this gives the opportunity to house over 400 species coming from all over the world, you can observe during the guided visits led by the members of the G.L.A.O.
The itinerary develops among calcareous and serpentine rocky grounds, ponds, small woodlands and meadows, where rare or endangered species stand out. These species include the Alpine Sea Holly (Eryngium alpinum
) and the Turban Lily (Lilium pomponium
) and exclusive species of the Ligurian flora, like Cerastium utriense
and Viola bertolonii
. There are also several species of "living fossils", that is very ancient plants that have preserved their primitive features up to present times: of particular interest Wollemia Pine (Wollemia nobilis
), considered extinct but found later in nature, the Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba
), appreciated for its medicinal properties, and the luxuriant Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis
Moreover, the Garden is enriched with roses, saxifrages, evergreens, and orchids, including species of particular value like the rare orchid Cypripedium calceolus
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