A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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The Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia milii is a poisonous succulent native to madagascar and was introduced by Baron Milius to France after whom it is named when he was governor of La Reunion in 1821. It was possibly introduced to the Middle East in ancient times and the plant is also found in Kerala in India where a Jewish community brought it from Israel. Legend says it is the Crown of Thorns that Christ wore. Here found by the side of the road on Symi.

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