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Greek juniper (Juniperus excelsa)

Updated: May 5, 2021

Juniperus excelsa, commonly called the Greek juniper, is a juniper found throughout the eastern Mediterranean, from northeastern Greece and southern Bulgaria across Turkey to Syria and Lebanon, Jordan and the Caucasus mountains. In Thassos the species is found mainly in two large areas, the one between Theologos and Ypsario, with a forest of about 8,000 acres and in the place Trikorfo with a cluster of about 700 acres. Many lonely trees can be found throughout the island.

These trees grow on crevices of limestone rocks. These forests and their value are almost unknown to the locals and most visitors to the island.

This was helped by the fact that they grow in the most remote places where there are no roads and easy access. Enjoy them!

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