Strange kind of oak
It is like the usual and very common Kermes oak (Πρίνος - Quercus coccifera) but... not exactly. Firstly, the bark is much smoother and of lighter brown color. Secondly, the branches are longer. Thirdly, the leaves are rounder and softer with fewer and shorter pointed tips. Fourthly, it's bigger, better shaped and, I think you will agree, it looks way more beautiful than the standard Kermes oak.
© Ορειβατικός Σύλλογος Ικαρίας
Photo taken during our explorations in the western end of Ikaria.
See a map of our exploration and read the story in our blog (in Greek): Εξερευνώντας το Ακρωτήριο Πάπας.