A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Vai, Crete

 A unique Cretan palm forest growing in a sandy valley close to the shore in Eastern Crete. Once thought to be the result of discarded pips left by the Egyptian soldiers of Ptolemy Philomater, or the allied troops of Mithradates of Pontus .. or even by Saracen pirates and invaders. These plants were once endemic to Crete and this place is one of the last forests on the island. Phoenix theophastri or the Cretan pine. (Sorry about the crowded beach again).



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