Wild cypress, Cupressus sempervirens, since antiquity the most famous tree of Sphakiá, an Asian tree native in Europe only in Crete. It is abundant in west Sphakiá from sea-level up to 1700 m. This is a coppice stool, centuries old, which has been repeatedly cut down and allowed to grow again. The scars on the limbs are where rectangles of bark have been cut off to serve as roofs for beehives. Samariá, August 1989.

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