A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Stink Aster

Stink aster or Dittrichia graveolens is an annual sticky plant that smells of camphor. The bees love it but the honey it makes in the Autumn can sour it somewhat. In the past aster was placed inside mattresses to deter fleas, hence the common name fleabane for this family of plants.

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