A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Biarum davisii

This is an extremely rare and threatened plant here found on Symi.

I've quoted from the "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species".

"Biarum davisii is endemic to Crete (The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2010).  It occurs in the the southeast, central and western part of the island at an altitude between 0 to 1,050 m.  Extent of occurrence is currently estimated to be less than 5,000 km² and area of occupancy 68-80 km², however this could be a minimum estimate.

"Bulb collection from the wild is a serious threat although detailed figures on the extent of collection are not known. There are no known threats to the habitat of B. davisii and the fact that it is found in disturbed habitats is encouraging. Biarum davisii is found in open, grazed scrubland, and disturbed habitats including road and track margins in limestone-derived red soil and screes. It also occurs in clay soils and limestone pavement."

Interestingly found here on Symi, not for the first time. (photo by Sue Price)

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