A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Candle Wicks

This is Greek Horehound.

The calyces are used as floating wicks in oil lamps. Once dried the calyx is placed on the surface of the oil and soon becomes saturated with oil. It is then lit. Plants are often grown as a ground cover,  forming a slowly spreading clump. This plant is very drought resistant, here seen growing out of the limestone rocks. Everywhere on Symi.

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