A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Common Purslane

This is common purslane or Portulaca oleracea, not native to Symi but growing out of a freshly replanted hibiscus pot. So it either came in with the compost or a bird has deposited a seed while drinking from the water bowl above it.

Seen as a common weed all over the world it is in fact quite edible as a salad. A little bit of colour after three months of no rain, so I'm not complaining.

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