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Flora Spring

Flora Summer

Birding Spring

Volcanic Lakes and Dragons


A Volcanic Chapel and a Cave Church

Mt. Aragats

Caving


Aragats on Horseback

MAPS for Itineraries:
(large files)

Flora May-June

Flora June-July

Birding April-May

[Flora
Flora Summer
7 Day Flora Itinerary in Ararat Valley, Sevan, Lori and Shirak
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This sample Itinerary shows the type of flowers that should be in bloom in early July (season: mid-late June-mid July). While no one can guarantee that all flowers listed will be in bloom at this exact time period (mother nature follows her own rhythms), the majority of these listed are the most likely to be found.

This itinerary also requires you know botany or have an expert guide--it requires driving into remote areas of the central and Northern regions of the country and a great deal of slogging through terrain. Without expert guidance, your chances to see many of these flowers is severely limited

Guides: Nora Gabrillian, Professor at the Botanical Institute and internationally recognized scholar, is the most renowned botanical specialist in Armenia, and is can guide or find guides for serious botanical groups. Her personal guidance is must be arranged well in advance. If unavailable, she will point you to equally qualified persons. Her e-mail is botany@freenet.am. She normally is out of the country from December - March of each year.

Also contact Ori Fragman at ofragman@about.com. Ori works hand in hand with Nora on Armenia Botanical tours, as well as guiding tours himself to Israeli flora (East Mediterranean) in the Spring time. Shinwa Tours, the largest botanical and bird watching association in Japan, always combine the two for an extraordinary flower watching tour.

1: YEREVAN-GARNI-GEGHARD-YEREVAN
Garni-Geghard Gorges

In-Season Flowers: Terrain up to 1650 m alt.

Near Voghjaberd, Charents Arch, mountain steppe, 1650 m alt.
Acanthophyllum mucronatum, Centaurea carduiformis, Cnicus benedictus, Phlomis pungens

Garni, Azat River Canyon, 1350 m. alt.
Alkanna orientalis, Campanula choziatowskyi, Michauxia laevigata, Scabiosa micrantha, Astragalus, finitimus, Acantheolimon armenum

Geghard Monastery, 1650 m alt.
Achillea filipendulina, Serratula serratuloides, Rindera lanata, Arenaria graminea, Lotus gebelia, Pseudosophora alopecuroides, Stachys lavandulifolia

2: YEREVAN-Mt. ARAGATS-AMBERD-KARI LICH-YEREVAN

In-Season Flowers: Terrain up to 3200 m alt.

Mt. Aragats, Amberd fortress and canyon, 2100-2200 m alt.
Nectaroscordum tripedale, Inula maria,e Papaver orientale, Astragalus hyalolepis, Medicago dzhavakhetica, Trifolium bordzilovskyi, Ornithogalum najastanicum, Dianthus cretaceus, Solenanthus stamineus

Mt. Aragats, near Kari Lich, alpine meadow 3200 m alt.
Doronicum oblongifolium, Taraxacum stevenii, Primula algida, Campanula tridentata, Gentiana pontica, Oxytropis albana, Androsace raddeana, Pedicularis crassirostris, Erodium armenum, Daphne kurdica, Delphinium freynii, Hedysarum caucasicum

3: YEREVAN-HADIS-TZAKHADZOR
In-Season Flowers: Terrain up to 2200 m alt.

Mt. Hadis mountain steppe, 1800 m alt.
Acanthus dioscoridis, Podospermum armeniacum, Onosma gehardica, Crambe orientalis, Dinathus subulosus, Vicia cracca, Phlomis tuberosa, Cerastium purpurasceus, Papaver orientale, Papaver paucifoliatum (even larger than P. orientale), Linaria grandiflora, Dianthus cretaceus, Aster alpinum, Centaurea cheuizanthifolia (c. fischeri), Doronicum macrophyllum, Anemone fasciculata, Filipendula hexapetala

4: TZAKHADZOR-L'CHASHEN-GEGHAM RANGE-TZAKHADZOR
In Season Flowers: Terrain up to 2200 m alt.

Subalpine meadow, 2100-2200 m alt.
Iris furcata, Lilium armenum, Allium aucheri, Anthyllis boissieri, Lathyrus cyaneus, Vicia truncatula, Linum densiflorum, Senecio integrifolinus, Centaurea cheiranthifolia, Gladiolus kotschyanus, Gladiolus hajastanicus

5: TZAKHADZOR - SEVAN PASS - PUSHKIN PASS - STEPANAVAN

In season Flowers: Terrain to 2100 m alt.
Gladiolus tenuis, G. kotschyanus, Zingeria trichopoda, Papaver paucifoliatum, Papaver orientale, Caltha polypetala

Subalpine meadow, con. Forest, hornbeam forest, 1300-2100 m alt.
Gentiana gelida, Geranium sanguineum, Gymnadenia conopsea (orchid), Dictamnus albus, Lilium szovitsianum, Psephellus somcheticus, Campanula alliarii folia (white), Delphinium freynii (endemic to transcaucasus)

6: STEPANAVAN - ASHOTSK - SHAHNAZAR - STEPANAVAN
In-season Flowers: Terrain up to 1800 m alt.

Lakes near Stepanavan
Water lily

Subalpine meadow, lakes, 1300-1800 m. alt.
Gladiolus caucasicus, Gladiolus dzhavakheticus, Cephalaria gigantea, Nymphaea alba, Aconitum nasutum, Delphinium freynii, Nymphoides peltata, Utricularia intermedia (pale yellow), U. vulgaris (bright yellow)

7: STEPANAVAN - SPITAK - SPITAK PASS - APNAGIUGH - YEREVAN

In season Flowers: Mountain steppe terrain
Centaurea polypodiifolia, C.glehnii, C.carduiformis, Asphodeline taurica, Convolvulus calvertii, Convolvulus lineatus, Hedisarum formusum, Linaria grandiflora, Scabiosa caucasica, Galium verum, Tomanthea aucheri

 




LINKS

Eco Center
Bird Checklist

Armenian Botanical Society
EcoCenter
Ecotourism.com (currently down, but try in case)
Protected Areas of Armenia

Map of Sevan National Park
Map of Endangered Species in Armenia

INDIVIDUAL TRIP REPORTS
Individual - September 2000
Individual - July 1998
Ramsar Field Trip on Armenia's Wetlands (1998)

GUIDES / TOURS
Birds of Armenia (Luba and Levon) @ Zoological Institute [+ (3741) 28-15-02 ]
Armenian EcoTour (site down, but try in case)
Avarayr
DenaLine

Adventure, Eco Tour Groups in Armenia



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