Establishment of a Plant Micro-reserve Netwrok in Cyprus for the Conservation of Priority Species and Habitats

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Cedrus brevifolia forests

Cedrus brevifolia forests (Cedrosetum brevifoliae), *9590

Conservation status: -
Protection status: 92/43/EEC Directive (Annex I - priority habitat)

Cedrus brevifolia forests is a priority habitat type, endemic to Cyprus. It exists exclusively within the boundaries of the site KOILADA KEDRON - KAMPOS. More specifically, at Tripylos mountain Cedrus brevifolia occupies the peak area, while scattered small stands also occur at the surrounding peaks. The Cedrus brevifolia forest is well conserved. The proposed plant micro-reserve will target the most representative and important part of this habitat type, which exists at Tripylos area.

1. Recreation activities and disturbance of natural habitats (tourist excursions on all terrain vehicles, trampling and waste dumping).
2. Genetic erosion - Reduction of genetic variability (isolated population + small populations size).
3. Climate change (several aspects of the biology of the species could be affected by climate change).
4. Fire ( the risk of fire is quite high during summer in the Pafos forest - none post-fire regeneration ability).
5. Limited public awareness.

Cedrus brevifolia (Hook f.) Henry

Conservation status:
Vu (D2)
Protection status: -

Evergreen, coniferous, resinous tree, up to 30 m high. Endemic to Cyprus. Its main population occurs in Paphos state forest, Tripylos area, at altitude 900-1400 m. A small natural stand occurs also at Tsakkistra village, north of Kykkos. The pure cedar forests cover an area of 86 ha (135 cedars/ha) and the forests mixed with Pinus brutia cover 113 ha (37 cedars/ha). All its stands are included in a designated Nature Reserve which is also a Natura 2000 site.

Flowering period: September - October
Fruiting period: August - September of next year

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