The Amendolea is one of the largest riverbeds in the southern sector of Calabria. Most of the site is characterized by vegetation which is degradated due to the effects of human activity (fires, grazing, cutting). The overall territory presents a mosaic of plant communities, including rocky vegetation that hosts species of significant phytogeographic and conservation interest. There area includes the Scarites buparius pyracmon, a species found in coastal dunes and sandy beaches that is in strong decline throughout Italy due to bathing and land use. In coastal zones, there is a small area with Juniperus turbinata, a rare thermophilic juniper in the coastal scrubland that generally occupies steep slopes with shallow soils: it is considered endangered at the regional level.