A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Mediterranean Medlar

December 4, 2016

The mediterranean medlar is a close relative of our (UK) hedgerow hawthorn and is widely cultivated for its edible fruits which have a pleasant but mildly acid taste. According to my reference source this plant is only truly native to Crete but grows everywhere from France to Cyprus. Crataegus azarolus.

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