Tripodo Canalone (ITA070017)
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Tripodo Canalone

Site type: SAC - Special Conservation Area

Code: ITA070015 - Hectares: 1946



 This area is located in the mountainous and high mountain belt of the south-eastern slope of Etna at altitudes between 1000 and 2500 m. The volcanic substrates are very ancient and host mature and well-differentiated vegetational aspects. In fact, among the wood formations, beech forests are found in the north-eastern part, while in the central and southern part there are chestnut trees, deciduous oaks with Quercus congesta, holm oaks, mixed oak forests, pine forests with Calabrian pine, juniper trees with Juniperus hemisphaerica. In the oldest lava flows the broom woods of Etna are well represented, while in the more recent ones there are bushes of Helichrysum italicum and Senecio ambiguus. The highest stations (above 1800 m) of the north-western slope are instead colonized by thorny pulvinary bushes with Astragalus siculus, which above 2000-2200 m are replaced by a discontinuous vegetation of Anthemis aetnensis. The climate of this area in relation to the altitude ranges from the humid supra-Mediterranean to the humid oromediterranean.

It is an area of ​​considerable naturalistic and landscape interest due to the presence of well-preserved and very varied vegetation aspects. In addition to the presence of numerous Etna endemics, plant formations are found that often cover large surfaces. In fact, the high environmental biodiversity finds its expression in the great variety of vegetational aspects linked to well-defined environmental, climatic and microclimatic conditions. In fact, the area is characterized by fairly ancient lava flows and skiing, colonized below by very peculiar glareic aspects of a thermophilic character while in the higher altitudes they are replaced by orophilic pulvinary formations with a high concentration of endemics. There are also numerous woodland formations including beech, pine, juniper, deciduous, evergreen or mixed oak woods, broom thickets, while the lava fields without vegetation are not represented. located on the island. The entomofauna is also very interesting, especially in relation to nemoral environments.

Source: Ministry of the Environment Natura 2000 form

It falls within the Etna Park

Ministerial data: Ministerial Map  Natura 2000 form

Card insertion: Ignazio Caloggero

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Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Region of Sicily

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