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The Flora of Lesvos

The soil and the climate of the island have given Lesvos an unusually rich flora to which it owes its beauty, the beauty that Sappho, the famous lyric poetess (6th century BC), sung. The Lesvian philosopher Theophrastus (3rd century BC), one of the forefathers of Botany, was the first to record a large number of plants. Today, 1,400 taxa (species and sub-species) of plants have been recorded on the island making Lesvos a "botanic paradise": aromatic, pharmaceutical, ornamental and rare plants, bushes and trees. Although western Lesvos, with the exception of some small plains is barren, the eastern, southern and central parts are cloaked in olive groves (11 million olive trees) and forests of pine chestnut, oak, beech and plane trees.
The Rhododendron Luteum Sweet is found only in Lesvos. It is a deciduous bush, with an average height of 4.5 m, with big, yellow flowers and lanceolate leaves. It grows in humid, clay and sandy soils at an altitude ranging from 60 m. to 799 m. (the top of Mt Profitis Ilias) above sea level. It is accompanied by the species: laurel (Nerium oleander), willow (Salix fragillis), arbutus (Arbutus unedo), fern (Pteris aquillina), ivy (Hedera helix), chestnut tree (Castanea sativa) and others.

This extract is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Lesvos URL below, which contains images.


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