Biodiversity and Humankind

Narcissus willkommii  – endemic seen only in the Algarve 2010 Christmas Card by Jorge Paiva Our development will be sustainable ...

Lemons FRUIT - CITRUS

Lemons, the origin of the lemon has always been uncertain but there is strong evidence that the Romans grew it as early as the 1st Century...

Ficus carica FRUIT

Ficus carica, Fig trees are important in Algarve history, both as exports, and for local markets. The fruiting fig is a deciduous shrub or ...

Oranges FRUIT - CITRUS

Citrus sinensis, Sweet oranges, just one example of the large number of citrus varieties to be found growing on the Algarve, both as ornamen...

Calamondin FRUIT - CITRUS

xCitrofortunella microcarpa, Calamondin  - can be pruned and trained to shape of lollipops giving easy access to flowers and fruit. The who...

Melaleuca alternifolia PLANT PORTRAIT

Melaleuca alternifolia,Tea Tree - an evergreen shrub from the myrtle plant family in Australia where the flowers and their nectar attract fl...

Metrosideros excelsa PLANT PORTRAIT

Metrosideros excelsa, New Zealand Christmas Tree, an evergreen, native to the islands of the Pacific, from the Phillipines to New Zealand. T...

Cupressus sempervirens PLANT PORTRAIT

Cupressus sempervirens, Italian cypress. An evergreen tree with a distinctive upright narrow habit, native to western Asia and south-easter...

Rosemary PLANT PORTRAIT

Rosmarinus officinalis, Rosemary is an evergreen and highly aromatic shrub. Native to the Mediterranean coast it has small pale mauve-blue (...

Chamaerops humilis PLANT PORTRAIT

Chamaerops humilis, Fan Palm This palm is native to Portugal. Indeed it is the northernmost naturally occurring palm in the world. This shru...

Strelitzia reginae PLANT PORTRAIT

Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise - well known in Madeira and throughout the mediterranean as a popular ornamental plant, an evergreen pe...

Tipuana tipu PLANT PORTRAIT

Tipuana tipu, Pride of Bolivia   A member of the bean or legume family of plants and trees, many of which do very well in the mediterranean...

Melia azedarach PLANT PORTRAIT

Melia azedarach, Persian Lilac - can be planted to provide shade. It has bunches of small and fragrant, purple or lilac flowers with deeper ...

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