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Cyprus risks losing its unique plant

Cyprus risks losing its unique plant

23 May 2018 LJ cover – Кипр рискует лишиться уникального растения
Tags: Cyprus, Nature, Plants, Archeology

On Monday, the Department of Forestry raised alarm over the need to preserve a rare plant on the uninhabited island of Geronisos in the Paphos area. The Tsistaneh-desert flower, also known as the ginseng of the desert, is close to extinction in Cyprus.

"The root of life in the desert" - this is the name of this plant people of Asian countries. Its therapeutic effect is 5 times stronger than ginseng. Tsistanhe has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, estrogenic, immunomodulating, antitumor and other properties.

Local services sent a letter to the Antiquities Authority and the Municipality of Peyia County asking for their cooperation in protecting the unique Cistanche phelypaea plant, as the archaeological excavations that have occurred on the island during the last 15 years have seriously affected its growth.

Head of the Department of Forestry Takis Papakristorovou said that the excavations that took place there for the last 15 years have caused irreversible damage to the fauna of the island.

The rocky island of Geronisos with a total area of ​​approximately 12 000 square meters is often called the "Holy Island". Excavations showed that the island was a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo in the late Hellenistic period, at 30-50. before R.X. He flourished under the leadership of the famous Egyptian queen Cleopatra. Since 15 century people left the island and it became uninhabited.

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