A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Phoenician Juniper

This shrub like tree is found all over the Mediterranean and has a life span of about 25 years. It is quite drought resistant and the small berries seen here contain 3 to 8 seeds which are mainly dispersed by birds. The shrub contains an essential oil which is used for many ailments by different countries and apart from the more obvious use to flavour gin the oils from its leaves have been shown to treat diabetes type 2 and help regenerate a damaged liver.

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