Flora refers to organisms with an autotrophic diet

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Flora or flora is the population of plant species in a particular region or the systematic description of their entirety.

The term comes from the Latin name Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers and youth. The plant world is opposed to the animal world or fauna, named after the Roman goddess Fauna. Flora generally also refers to organisms with an autotrophic diet (self-nutrition).

Beach grass - a native plant of particular use

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Beach grass - a native plant of particular use

The mudflat hike to the bird sanctuary island of Minsener Oog actually motivated us to write this article, because it was only this new perspective on the otherwise rather unknown plant that made the true importance of beach grass for coastal protection clear to us.

Olive trees - cultural-historical examination of the olive tree

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Olive trees - cultural-historical examination of the olive tree

During our return journey from Istanbul via the Dardanelles towards Izmir, we also passed the region around the tourist town of Ayvalik. Like almost everywhere in Turkey, the construction industry is booming here and this is why there is often serious clear-cutting in nature, even if it "only" consists of huge groves of thousands of olive trees.

Blooming yellow gentian on the slopes of Walmendinger Horn

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Blooming yellow gentian on the slopes of Walmendinger Horn

Our hike up to the Walmendinger Horn was not only an experience because of the truly indescribable view of the mountain panoramas in the area, but also the multitude of plants and herbs, some of which showed their full blooms, were simply fascinating in the variety of their variations.

Even the ancient Romans used the wood of the serviceberry!

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Even the ancient Romans used the wood of the serviceberry!

Right at the beginning of our project trip we met in Vienna the responsible coordinator and organizer of the Roman festival in Brunn am Gebirge, Dr. Krickl, who will also involve us in the upcoming Roman festival of 2015 in Brunn as we develop further contacts and share our common interests.

Tanzlinden - trees of historically special importance and function

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Tanzlinden - trees of historically special importance and function

On our tours through small towns and communities, we often noticed linden trees that had been planted in village squares for special occasions and therefore, in addition to their function as a source of shade and oxygen, must have other meanings in the lives of the residents.

Banana cultivation at Turkish Riviera next to Gazipasa

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Banana cultivation on the Turkish Riviera next to Gazipasa

Almost every Turkey lover knows the small Turkish dwarf banana from the Riviera coast, which is so wonderfully sweet and tasty on the markets and vegetable bazaars.

Avocado - delicious & healthy as a dip, salad or spread

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Avocado - delicious and healthy as a dip, salad or spread

We were guests of friends in Alanya and were invited to dinner with homemade avocado cream as the conversation deepened. At first, the idea of ​​going to a restaurant was in the foreground, but the conventional German-style “evening meal” was quickly preferred.

Mastic pistachio - a tree that can also help to decide politics!

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Mastic pistachio - a tree that can also help to decide politics!

We were traveling with our friend Ricky from Izmir on the Çesme Peninsula when we drove into the town of Alaçati during lunchtime. In addition to the obligatory tour of the town, we also wanted to have lunch here.

The eucalyptus tree is also spreading in the Mediterranean

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The eucalyptus tree is also spreading in the Mediterranean

Preservation and protection of nature are important issues on the agenda of many people today. Unfortunately, however, the protection of animals or plants is often misunderstood, namely when the species or genus does not actually belong in a region or can even have a significantly negative impact on the region and thus contribute to the extinction of other species.

Rose of Jericho - the resurrection plant

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Rose of Jericho - the resurrection plant

A dry-looking, herbaceous tuft in the slightly dark storage room had caught our attention and so the question arose as to whether this tuft should be disposed of with the biological waste.

Arabica coffee - Economically of great relevance

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Arabica coffee - Economically of great relevance

Arabica coffee, also known as mountain coffee, is the economically most important type of coffee. Coffea arabica is said to originally come from southwestern Ethiopia.

Tasty Mulberries or Karadut from Alanya

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Tasty Mulberries or Karadut from Alanya

Like often before we were going shopping at the weekly market in Cikcili / Alanya to buy couple of  fruit and vegetables for the coming days.

Cotton field at Manavgat at full flower

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Cotton field at Manavgat at full flower

Every year there are several thousand tourists who combine their vacation in Turkey with the purchase of still cheaper textiles.

The prickly pear - once a Native American crop

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The prickly pear - once a Native American crop

We were on our weekly shopping tour of the Antalya bazaar when we came across the fruit and vegetable vendor's stall offering the fruits of the prickly pear (group of Opuntia) for tasting and sale.

Traditional and bizarre - the Lebanon Cedar

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Traditional and bizarre - the Lebanon Cedar

Only a few sites of this bizarre species of tree you will find anymore that once was responsible for the success of maritime trade but also contributed so greatly to the navies of the ancient Great Powers - the cedar of Lebanon.

Flowering period of the peony poppy - pink in the garden

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Flowering period of the peony poppy - pink in the garden

Those who drive across the country these days will not infrequently marvel at the gleaming red splendor of the poppies on the edges of the grain fields, which have meanwhile found their way into many gardens.

Fox Glove on the Eselspfad hiking trail near Billroda

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Red thimble on the Eselspfad hiking trail near Billroda

Just slightly cloudy skies and not too powerfully warm sunshine had once again tempted us to hike to the forest swimming pool near Rastenberg, which we wanted to reach via the now well-signposted donkey path above Billroda.

Rhubarb - origin and history of cultivation

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Rhubarb - origin and history of cultivation

The tour around the weekly market, which is still limited, shows, despite Corona, that there are also some imports possible every year despite many bottlenecks, including rhubarb, whose time is just beginning for us.

The Robinia or Black locust appears - slowly but ......

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The Robinia or Black locust is coming - slowly but continuously

I can well remember when, as part of a carpentry project, I suggested making a model window out of robinia. In its time there was a great contradiction and objections came from all sides: absolutely twisty, hard and hardly machinable, high wear of the tools, etc.

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