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SIR SAMUEL WHITE BAKER
CYPRUS AS I SAW IT IN 1879
page 348

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Carotid.—This tree has already been described, but although not valuable as timber, owing to the short length of its trunk, it should receive the special attention of the government, as its produce should be extended to the utmost limit of the capabilities of the island. If the wild trees were grafted wherever they are met with, whole forests would quickly be produced with a minimum of labour, and vast tracts of rocky soil, worthless for other cultivation, would be brought into value, at the same time that the surface would be covered with the much desired vegetation. Tremithia.—The wood of this tree is of no value, but the berries are used as a substitute for olive-oil ; as it grows in large quantities as a shrub, simply because it is not allowed the chance of arriving at maturity, it is to be hoped that a few years of forest supervision will add this shady and highly-ornamental tree to the list of those common to the island. Th e arbutus, myrtle, and the mastic are trees of so small a growth that they cannot be classed with " Woods and Forests. " One of the first acts of the British administration was a stringent prohibition against the felling of any tree throughout Cyprus, or the cutting of any wood for the burning of charcoal. This law for the preservation of woods and forests extended to trees upon private property of individuals !—thus the owner of a garden could not cut down one of his own caroubtrees if they were too thickly planted ; or if he required a piece of timber for making or repairing his waterwheel. A n act for the protection of crown forests was highly necessary, but no laws are of value unless the machinery exists for enforcing them, and at the present moment the stringent enactment against the

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