A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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In the Cypress Woods

 The floor of the cypress woods beneath Stavrous Polemou at first glance seems bare. The trees aren't particularly closely spaced, but variable, clusters of trees here and open spaces elsewhere. The open spaces are more often than not covered in limestone scree and it is here where the sun's rays settle on the ground that the anatolian orchid and the butterfly orchid find the light to grow. Barely two inches tall I have to get down on my knees to take a good look. Nearby a large tortoise basks in the sun. Further down the valley out into the open land of a low sage dominated landscape I come across a large group of cretan arum nestling amongst a rocky outcrop. The stunning lemon yellow filament pointing straight up to the sky surrounded by a brilliant white continuous petal makes for a handsome plant.

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