A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Blog posts May 2015

Flowers of the Makaris river

I spent an hour or so wandering about the gravels of the Makaris river and was amazed at how many plants manage to find a foothold here.

Far too many to name but below are some of the more colourful and you can find more here under the Rhodes gallery.

 

 

 

A carnation most spectatular.

Dianthus crin…

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Bindweed

This is the mallow leaved bindweed (Convolvulus althaeoides) putting on a spectacular display on top of the spoil heap outside our local church, Agios Stavros.

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Bee eaters

Lots of bee eaters over Horio yesterday....

Haraki Olive groves

To the North and West of Haraki there are extensive olive groves much of which can be explored on foot along the dirt tracks that crisscross the area.

I was here fairly late in the spring towards the end of the season and a selection of the wild flowers can be found here, too many to put names to but I have never seen so many orchids.

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Makaris River, Rhodes

This is the Makaris river that flows into the sea at Haraki on South-East Rhodes. Reduced to a trickle and with just a few standing ponds here and there, the landscape is one of rocks and gravel scattered with pools and bushes. At its widest it is 600 metres across but here by the sea it is just a few dozen steps from one side to the other along a …

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The Red Hottentot Fig.

An easy subject this one. It is growing in a plant pot outside my house and is often grown as a decorative plant. Also found naturalised amongst the rocks around the village and harbour on Symi. Carporotus acinaciformis

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Scorpian vetch.

A small annual, easily overlooked called the scorpian vetch because of its curved and pointed seed pod, resembling a scorpion.

Coronilla scorpioides. Possibly a new recorded species for Symi.

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Scarce Swallowtail

 

                                                                                                                                                     The not so scarce "scarce swallowtail" butterfly or Iphiclides podalirius.

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Chicory

Cichorium Spinosum. Spiny chicory, is a genus of plants in the dandelion tribe within the sunflower family. The genus includes two cultivated species commonly known as chicory or endive, plus several wild species.

 

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Alpine Swifts

A diffuclt subject to photograph but a fascinating creature. A brief insight here.

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Before, During, After.

Papaver rhoeas (common poppy); Scorzonera elata (vipers grass). 

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Bananas.

Bananas in the Iapatos complex in the harbour. 

Bananas are grown in Malia in Crete in poly tunnels. I am told they are small and very sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holy Orchid

The Holy Orchid or Orchis Sancta covers the eastern Mediterranean from Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey to Cyprus, Crete and the Aegean. Described in 1759 from Haifa and named "sacred" because it grows in the  area of the Holy Land of Christianity. In Greece it is relatively rare in Crete and Karpathos, forming large populations in Rho…

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The Holy Orchid

The Holy Orchid or Orchis Sancta covers the eastern Mediterranean from Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey to Cyprus, Crete and the Aegean. Described in 1759 from Haifa and named "sacred" because it grows in the  area of the Holy Land of Christianity. In Greece it is relatively rare in Crete and Karpathos, forming large populations in Rhodes,…

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