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Orto botanico “Pietro Castelli” – Messina

UBICAZIONE: Incrocio tra la circonvallazione e la via Pietro Castelli DATAZIONE 1638 DESCRIZIONE: Fondato dal medico e botanico romano Pietro Castelli nel 1638 col nome di “Hortus simplicium” (“Orto dei Semplici”) o “Hortus messinensis” (“Orto di Messina”); dalla sua fondazione appartiene all’Università di Messina. Tra le specie arboree presenti si annoverano Calodendrum capensis, Casuarina torulosa, Chorisia insignis, Dracaena draco, Ficus macrophylla, Ginkgo biloba, Livistona chinensis, Phoenix canariensis, Pinus brutia, Pinus longifolia, Pterocarya caucasica, Trachycarpus excelsius e Washingtonia filifera. Altre piante di interesse sono Anona cherimolia, Eugenia jambos, Eugenia myrtifolia, Eugenia uniflora, Feijoa sellowiana, Flacourtia indica, Mangifera indica, Nymphaea capensis, Nymphaea alba, Persea gratissima, Pithecoctenium cynanchoides, Pontederia cordata, Psidium guajava e Psidium cattleianum. Numerosi gli endemismi siculi presenti tra cui Carlina sicula, Centaurea crassifolia, Centaurea tauromenitana, Limonium minutiflorum, Senecio ambiguus, Senecio gibbosus, Scilla cupani.

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