A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Ivy Leaved Sowbread

On a hill overlooking the harbour on Kalymnos Ivy leaved sowbread and a fishing boat returning in the late afternoon's sun. Cyclamen hederifolium  is commonly known as sowbread or swinebread because wild pigs had a particular fondness for the tubers. According to the Greek philosopher Theospartus (c327-c287BC) it was used to excite love and voluptuous desires. The plant was also associated with the Greek goddess Hekate, whose knowledge of wild plants and poisons was great.

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