Between 3 and 5 May project partners of LIFE FOR SEEDS visited the third of four planned networking projects. We went to Portofino Park, situated ca. 30 km east of Genova in the Italian province of Liguria. It is one of the project areas of LIFE Orchids (LIFE17 NAT/IT/000596), where several orchid microreserves were established.

LIFE for Seeds

Their management complies with ecological needs of target orchid species, among them also the endemic pink-flowering Orchis patens. Its global distribution area is very peculiar, as it encompasses only Liguria and Algeria. In Liguria, it hybridizes with the yellow-flowering Provence orchid Orchis provincialis, and the hybrids are more »fit« than Orchis patens.