A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Corn Salad

Valerianella discoidea belongs to a genus of plants known as "Corn salads" which grow on fallow ground, fields, roadsides etc. and are common throughout the Mediterranean. The base leaves are picked before flowering and make a nice addition to a green salad. What makes this short annual plant special to me is that it is has not been recorded as growing on Symi but has been recorded on Chalki, Rhodes and Tilos. Unless I find a whole field of them I won't be trying out its culinary delights.

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