Cyprus’ geography and environment are the main reasons why the island has such a rich variety of flora. Today there are 140 types of endemic flora, some of which are spread widely around the island and others that grow only in the Troodos mountain range, Pentadaktylos and the Akamas peninsula. Some are very rare and under threat. The Cyprus Post has issued a series of four stamps representing endemic flora.
Crocus hartmannianus
An endemic, perennial herbaceous plant with corms, it is found in sparse pine forests and bushes, at an altitude of 650-1100m. It blooms in January–February and grows sporadically in the Troodos and Pentadaktylos mountain ranges.
Carlina pygmaea
An endemic, perennial, prickly herbaceous plant that usually grows in brushwood, dry meadows, rocky hillsides and moorlands. It is widespread from sea-level up to an altitude of 1100m. It blooms in June–October.
Centaurea akamantis
A typical plant of Cyprus that can be found only in one area of the island, the Akamas. Its name indicates this fact. It is a very rare plant and cannot easily be seen because it is found in high rock crevices. On the positive side, it blooms for a large part of the year, from April to November.
Tulipa cypria
An endemic, perennial bulbous herb, it thrives in grain crops, pastures and open bushes at altitudes up to 300m. It is restricted to the Akamas Peninsula and in some areas of Pentadaktylos, blooming from March to April.


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Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία

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Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, “Aγριολούλουδα της Κυπρου,” Αψίδα, accessed November 20, 2018, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/44303.

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