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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
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district, and the fragrant species which grows upon the } heights of Troodos and all that range which extends to I Poli-ton-Κ h rysokus. The dwarf-cypress attains a height of about twenty I feet, and is exceedingly hard and durable. The fragrant species varies from thirty to thirty-five feet, with a I stem of six, to sometimes eight feet in circumference. The wood is highly aromatic, and I have already described it as resembling a mixture of sandal-wood and cedar. This tree is known by the Cypriotes as 1 kypresses, while the dwarf variety is known as the " wild cypress, " and is called by them " aoraiu. " Plane {Platanus).—This tree is generally found in the ravines among the mountains, on the borders of 1 streams, and would grow to a large size, but its straight young stems are much sought after by the natives for various purposes, and it is seldom allowed a chance of arriving unscathed at maturity. Its light green foliage is highly ornamental, mixed with the dark shades of the ilex in the deep bottoms of the gorges ; and wherever a never-failing stream is met with the plane may be expected. The elm, ash, maple, walnut, mulberry, peach, ; apricot, apple, pear, filbert, fig, plum, cherry, orange, lemon, pomegranate, are common, but -as they do e not come within the category of trees indigenous to the natural forests of the island, I shall not j include them. Olive.—The wild olive forms a considerable portion of the low scrub-woods of the Carpas district, and the young trees, when transplanted and grafted, become I the accepted olives of cultivation. There is no reason why the wild olive should not be grafted in its natural position the same as the caroub.

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