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Forests and bush lands of pine, cypress, wild olive, cedar, mastic,
arbutus bush and holly together with a variety of annual and long lasting turf,
aromatic plants (oregano, thyme, lavender), carob and olive trees, all make for
a rich mosaic of plant varieties.
Often on the islets unique plant and animal species have been observed
(especially reptiles and invertebrate), remnants of an isolated evolution and
adaptation to the unique conditions, which were created when these islets were
cut off from the larger islands
Every single island and islet is of itself a unique natural museum.
This of course favours the development of special types of tourism. For example
only the island of Kasos
boasts 450 plant species, which is more than exist in the whole of Holland.
(Text: Manolis Makris)
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos
Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.
The Flora of Syros is characterised by Mediterranean types of shrubs
and brushwood, which, when fully grown, could almost be called trees.
It is worth mentioning that at one time vegetation of the island
was mostly sylvatic, but gradual changes of climate, combined with human activity,
resulted in the disappearance of hydrophile plants and forests on the whole.
The Flora of Syros contains 580 species.
In spite of the fact that the island's ecosystem is not large compared
to that of the continent and of other Cycladic islands, there are 20 endemic
botanicals. Typical is the great variety of low vegetation (kitchen herbs, edible
plants, shrubs and brushwood). Following plants, shrubs and trees are found
on the island:
Crocus tournefortii (crocus)
Pancratium maritimum ( lily )
Capparis ovata (caper)
Thymus capitatus (thyme)
Satureia thymbra (mature olive) Cistus sp.
Salnia sp. (sagebrush)
Juniperus phoenicea and Juniperus macrocarpa (cedar)
Pinus halepensis (pine)
This text is cited Apr 2003 from the University of Patras' XENIOS DIAS website URL below.
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