The Orchids of Lesvos make for a great distraction
for the birdwatcher, especially during the middle of
the day if it’s hot, and a fantastic holiday for
There a number of particularly beautiful flowers on
the island, including the very rare Himantoglossum comperianum
(Komper’s Orchid), although our particular favourite
is Platanthera holmboei (Holmboei’s Butterfly
We’d strongly advise a copy of either “Orchids
of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East” by
Pierre Delforge or “Field Guide to Orchids of
Britain and Europe” by Karl Peter Buttler, also
“The Bee Orchids of Greece” by Zissis Antonopoulos
It’s great fun finding them and for those like
us, more fun trying to separate some of the species,
especially the Ophrys family!
Our advice is unless you’re absolutely sure, take
a photo just in case!
The following site information is by no means an exhaustive
list of the species found (for more details on species
refer to the full list). However, the sites provide
an excellent opportunity for the visitor to see much
of what the island has to offer.
All these sites have been discovered by ourselves from
a number of years exploring the island.
Without doubt there are other sites awaiting discovery,
and some which we are aware of but have not listed here
due to the sensitivity of the area/species or because
the information has been given to us by third parties
who wish to withhold the locations.
It is strongly advised that you purchase a copy of the
road map code 212 of the island of Lesvos. With the
exception of one site, all the others can be located
using this map. The one that is not (site 16) has directions
Enjoy your time on the island and we’d appreciate
any reports that you may have of these or other locations.
here for the document with all the details and links
the gallery >>>
the species list >>>