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Kyllenian Adonis, found the first time after 150 years

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Kyllenian Adonis, found the first time after 150 years

The really rare Kyllenian Adonis is growing in the northern part of the Peloponnesus in Greece, mainly on the mountain ranges Killini, Oligyrtos, Trachy and Saitas.

Almond trees - first flowers show up in the sunshine

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Almond trees - first flowers show up in the sunshine

The first intensified solar rays in Thessalonica not only lure people back out of the houses and onto the promenades next to the White Tower of Thessalonica, but nature also shows first reactions: almond trees push their buds out and show their first blossoms.

Wild alpine violet - this plant has lot of secrets

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Wild alpine violet - this plant has lot of secrets

Our hikes and explorations through the nature within the scope of our project work, of course, always let us meet with known plants, so at least we thought at first, but then it turned out to be just little known, when we did some more detailed research.

Aloe Vera - Alexander the Great used it for healing

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Aloe vera

Aloe vera, also known as the medicinal aloe, is a species of succulent plant that probably originated in Northern Africa, the Canary islands and Cape Verde. Aloe vera grows in arid climates and is widely distributed in Africa, India and other arid areas.

Coffea Arabica - from the highlands of Ethiopia

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Coffea Arabica

Coffea arabica is a species of coffee originally indigenous to the mountains of Yemen in the Arabian Peninusla, hence its name, and also from the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia and southeastern Sudan. It is also known as the coffee shrub of Arabia, mountain coffee or arabica coffee.

Hippophae Rhamnoides, Buckthorn, Wild Eleagnus

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Hippophae Rhamnoides, Buckthorn, Wild Eleagnus, Sea Buckthorn

It is from the species of hippophae, a bush or tree type which is forked, thorny and sheds leaves in winter. It is generally between half a meter and 6 meters, rarely it may reach 10 m. high. Its leaves are lanceolate, 3-7 cm’s long, narrow, alternate, gnarled, its upper part is grey - silver colored.

Strawberry tree - flower and fruit at the same time

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Strawberry tree - flower and fruit at the same time

Our trip to the island of Shurdhah in the dam project of Vau i Dejes also brought us a new experience with a fruit and flowering plant which we had already noticed in Platamonas in Greece.

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.

The Fruit Heritage Working Group in Bodrum

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The Fruit Heritage Working Group

Heritage varieties reflect our rich cultural diversity. Their names alone are a fascinating store of folklore, humour and the descriptive power of language.

Plant sculptures at EXPO 2016 Antalya

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Plant sculptures at EXPO 2016 Antalya

The EXPO 2016 Antalya offers a truly special occasion - experience lively sculptures made from plants in growing and processing.

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.

Bear’s Garlic and Wood Garlic Soup

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Bear’s Garlic and Wood Garlic Soup

We were going to gather the plant of “Allium ursinum”, which is called as Bear’s Garlic, Wild Garlic, Wood Garlic and Ramsons in folk speech. It belongs to the Allioideae family, which is the subfamily of the Amaryllidaceae. Amaryllis family is one of the plant species that heralds the coming of spring. We lost our hearts to the nature once, in any circumstances, we keep an eye on the nature.

Historical Perspective on Turkey's Fruit Heritage

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Historical Perspective on Turkey's Fruit Heritage

Central Asia, original homeland of the Turkish people, has a very long history of fruit cultivation. According to Chinese records the Eastern Gokturks of Turkistan were exporting fruit to China 1300 years ago, notably the Mare's Nipple grape, which was transported fresh from the Turfan oasis across the fringes of the Gobi Desert, a distance of more than 2000 kilometers.

Exotic and Tropical Fruit Growing

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Exotic and Tropical Fruit Growing

Coffee Tree, Pawpaw, Passiflora, Goji Berry, Cumquat, Star Fruit, Feijoa, Physalis, Meyer Lemon, Gilabolu, Redcurrant, Strawberry Tree, Rowan-Berry, Cherry Laurel, Isabella Grape...

The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

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The sand lizard uses the first rays of the sun

Wonderful days with lots of sunshine once more lured us out into the forest, which must have felt a lizard in a similar way. The lizard needs solar energy to get its body temperature going, because like all reptiles they are cold-blooded.

Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

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Fallow deer in Hohenstein Park near Witten

A Sunday hike along the Borbach near Witten had led us to the Hohenstein-Berger monument, where we took a short break with bread and tea that we had brought with us.

A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

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A blackbird tries its hand at the tits dumplings

For a long time now as much snow is quite rare nowadays, the thick layer of snow also messed up the lives of many animals, including "our" blackbird, which almost belongs to the farm, which now delights us again with a lot of singing, hardly that the snow was getting less.

Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

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Alpaca-encounter during the Christmas Eve walk

Gray sky with numerous showers, not exactly tempting weather for a walk through the forest. Alternatively, spending the afternoon before Christmas Eve in front of the TV wasn't really an alternative either.

Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

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Beavers in the Unstrut river near Wendelstein Castle

On the way for a walk along the Unstrut river from Roßleben to Memleben, we came across gnaw marks on the bank that only beavers can create - gnaw marks on the willows and alders and corresponding shaving-like wooden pieces on the bottom.

Swarm fliers with permanent sleeping places - the starlings

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Swarm fliers with permanent sleeping places - the starlings

Who does not know them, the medium-sized songbirds with their powerful feet, whose plumage can be so shiny that it reflects the sun and usually ranges from typically black or dark colours to multicoloured.

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