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


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Scrub and low forest vegetation of Quercus alnifolia

Targeted species and habitats


Scrub and low forest vegetation of
Quercus alnifolia, *9390


Evergreen shrub or small tree that can reach up to 10 m.

Very common species that is found only in Cyprus (endemic species) and limited to the Troodos Mountain, at altitudes from 400 to1700 m, in rocky, steep and gentle slopes.

In exceptional cases, golden oak attains dimensions of great trees, which are regarded as nature monuments.

It has great ecological value because it grows on rocky slopes, preventing erosion, while the fruits are excellent nutriment for the local fauna (Animal Kingdom).

Quercus alnifolia as a species is protected by forest law. In addition it is protected as a priority habitat of Annex I, Directive 92/43/EEC.

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