A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Gladioli anatalicus.
The name "Gladioli" is attributed to Pliny and refers to the shape of the leaves of these plants, like the Roman sword called "gladius". It also refers to the fact that at the time of the Romans the gladiolus flower was given to gladiators who triumphed in the battle and so the flower was the symbol of victory.

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