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Cyprus Wild Flower Index

This Website is managed and maintained by Maureen Broderstad and Ian Metcalfe, two amateur botanists who have spent many years studying the Wild Flowers of Cyprus. The results of this work are recorded in a database which contains information on approximately 1400 plants and over 4000 photographs. The information includes Latin Name, Family, English Name (where available), Greek Name and Family (where available), Flowering Period, Altitude and Commonality (i.e. Endemic, Rare, Very Rare etc).

Of the 1400 plants about 900 are included in the Website together with their photographs.

The Database will be updated to include more plants as they are discovered and more photographs as they become available.

The Database includes tables of Medicinal Plants, Edible Plants, Useful Plants; and a table of Plant Names and their meanings

The table of Medicinal Plants includes broad categories of ailments such as Gastric, Respiratory, Blood, Urinary, Septic, Skin, Inflamation and Aches.

Please note that some plants, or their parts thereof, are poisonous, especially if used excessively. Therefore, please consult a recognised Herbal or other authorative publication for details of preparation and dosage prior to attempting to use the listed plants.

Keys are provided for people with limited knowledge of Cyprus flora or flora in general. Colours are basic. That is, for instance, 'White' can be cream; 'Yellow' can be orange; 'Pink, to some eyes, may be mauve; 'Blue' can be purplish or mauvish.

The Website provides brief non-technical descriptions of the parts of plants - Roots, Stems, Leaves, Flowers, Fruits and Seeds.

Photographs of typical leaf shapes are also provided.

Three Booklets, available from bookshops, have been compiled by the managers of the site. These are: The Wild Flowers of Tala, The Wild Flowers of Peyia and the Wild Flowers of Kamares and Agios Neophytos. Further Booklets are in preparation but await funding.

A section on Abandoned Villages enables the exploration of these rich sources of plant life.

In the interests of posterity the compilers of this Website will be interested in contacting any botanists or amateur botanists who may wish to continue or assist with the work involved in the study of Cyprus Flora. Any such person can leave their details in the Comments section of the Website.

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