Cyprus is well known for its rich and stunning flora and it's the subject of the third in our weekly series of Cyprus images. Photos taken by contributing photographer Phil Parker - click the images below to enlarge.
The flora of Cyprus contains about 1800 species and according to the WWF that includes more than 125 endemic plants. Also included in this number are invasive species such as prickly pears and the yellow oxalis. From high mountain ranges to low plains, the island provides a wide range of elevations and habitats that are ideal for the many specialised species of plants.
Phil Parker describes himself as an amateur photographer and has been uploading photos to the Cyprus Eastern Forum for many years. He used a Canon eos 650D camera to take these shots and says "the pleasure I get from my photos is knowing that people are enjoying them". We certainly do love them and will be featuring various collections over the coming weeks.