A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Marjoram or Oregano?

The hillside above Horio and elsewhere on Symi is covered in marjoram, in this case "Pot Marjoram" or Origanum onites. The two names are synonymous and this oregano or marjoram is one of two species in its genus that grows on Symi. The other, Oreganum symes, is only found in St Georges Bay and is a newly identified species that I have yet to see and photograph. The butterfly is an Aegean meadow brown.

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