A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Forests on Rhodes

The Area around St Nikolaos Foundoukli church has a few grass lanes and tracks that are worth exploring. The church is 14th century and in the nearby carpark there are a few very old trees that may well be contemporary with the church. A plane tree and a number of olive trees sit near a spring of fresh running water.

The Giant Orchid (Barlia robertiana) is a rather stout and solemn orchid found typically on woodland edges.

Above is a beautiful star of Bethlehem, Ornithogalum nutans. Below is Ophrys scopolax.

Above Ophrys reinholdii, sorry about the focus, and below Orchis papilionacea.

Finally I'll leave you with the horseshoe orchid, Ophrys ferrum-equinum.


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