A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Common Asphodel

Common asphodel seen covering much of the ground on the hillside above Horio. 

The succulent leaves of the asphodel are poisonous unto sheep and goats, but in the hot summer months when the leaves become dry, they lose their poisonous potency. The root of the asphodel is used in some countries to make glue, as well as used as a remedy for the removal of warts.

It is an indicator species; where the land is overgrazed this plant will often take over as seen here.

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