A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Golden Samphire

Limbarda crithmoides or golden samphire is found all over the Mediterranean and in the UK where in Essex it is at its most northerly range.

The other name is Inula crithmoides and is connected with Helen of Troy who, it is said, held a bunch of Inula helenium when she was abducted by Paris. Helen of Troy had a large armful of these flowers when Paris stole her from her husband Menelaus that started the Trojan war that lasted ten years. When Paris was killed Helen returned to Menelaus and they traveled to Sparta where they lived happily ever after. "Inula" is thought to be a corruption of Helenula or "Little Helen".

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