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Flora

The Park with 2,400 registered species, is one of the protected areas with the largest vegetable biodiversity

  • 2,364 plants counted
  • 139 endemic to Italy
  • 12 endemic to the Park
  • 73 protected by international conventions
  • 67 protected by regional laws
  • 59 spontaneous orchids
  • 2 carnivorous plants
The most precious floristic component is linked to high altitude environments, where "glacial relicts" and endemic plants still live, such as: Androsace mathildae, Adonis distorta, Viola magellensis, Leontopodium alpinum var. nivale, Arthemisia petrosa subsp. eriantha and various species of the Saxifraga genus.
Certain endemisms are also found at lower altitudes, such as: Goniolimon italicum and Astragalus aquilanus. Furthermore, Gran Sasso is the only Italian location where you can still find the Adonis vernalis.

The Gran Sasso is characterized, especially on the L'Aquila side, by its extensive pastures, while Monti della Laga are mainly covered by forests. At lower altitudes oak woods and chestnut groves are present, originally planted during roman times. The beechwood is the most extended forestal formation, and has developed between 1,000 and 1,800 meters of altitude.
Beech trees are mixed with, or subsituted, by yews and hollies, while maples, lime trees, ash trees and mountain elms cover the gorges. Monti della Laga are home for silver fir woods and groups of birch trees.

The presence of blueberries is significant, which with its large carpets at high altitude forms a true moor among woods and altitude pastures. Species of notable interest are found in fields cultivated with traditional techniques, such as: Agrostemma githago, Centaurea cyanus and extremely rare floral entities such as: Falcaria vulgar, Ceratocephala and Androsace maxima.
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  • Territory
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    • Morphology
    • Geology
    • The Habitats
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      • The High Altitudes of Gran Sasso
      • The Calderone Glacier
      • Campo Imperatore Upland
      • Blueberry Moors
      • The Mires
      • The Waterfalls
      • The Forests
      • The Pastures
    • Natura 2000 sites (SCI and SPA)
    • Floristic emergencies
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      • Adonis distorta
      • Adonis vernalis
      • Allium permixtum
      • Androsace mathildae
      • Genista pulchella subsp. aquilana
      • Goniolimon italicum
      • Lathyrus apenninus
      • Orobanche salviae
      • Saxifraga italica
    • Forests
    • Antidoto Life Project
    • EX-TRA Life Project
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      • Atti del Convegno: Engaging people in nature conservation - developing a toolbox
    • Coornata Life Project
    • Crainat Life Project
    • Praterie Life+ Project
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      • Area del progetto
      • Habitat e presenze vegetazionali
      • Minacce
      • Azioni e risultati attesi
      • Specie animali elencati che beneficeranno del progetto
    • Fagus Life+ Project
    • Aqualife Life+ Project
    • Pluto Life+ Project
    • Mirco Lupo Life+ Project
  • The Landscape
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    • The agricultural landscape
    • The mountain landscape
    • Water
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      • Le cascate della Laga
      • Fiumi
      • Laghi
    • Hamlets
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