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 Volume 6, Issue 11 (November 2019), Pages: 1-4


 Original Research Paper

 Title: Plant biodiversity and values of cultural landscapes in Cyprus

 Author(s): Özge Özden *, Sinem Yıldırım


 Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Near East University, Nicosia, Cyprus

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The Mediterranean region is one of the richest regions in the world for wild and cultivated species. It also represents an area formed from diverse cultural, historical, geographical and climatic conditions. Cyprus is the third largest island within the Mediterranean Basin. It harbors a variety of ecosystems including pine forests, garrigue, maquis, rocky areas, and coastal dunes. The island has hosted many different cultures and it is known for the natural beauty of its rural areas. Traditional rural landscapes in Cyprus are shaped by geographical setting, natural processes and cultural modifications over many years. Traditional rural landscapes are combined of agricultural, cultural and natural uses of the land. Both residents (Traditional houses) and their gardens are interconnected, reflecting regional social cultures. Traditional house landscape designs should be compatible with local ecological and cultural heritage. In this research, ornamental plants and edible plant varieties were identified in the Güzelyurt (Morphou) region of Cyprus during 2015. A total of 60 traditional house gardens were visited and 81 different ornamental plant species have been recorded. The most commonly used ornamental plant species were Rosa spp. L., Jasminum officinale L. and Cycas revoluta Thunb. According to results a total of 35 different types of edible plants were recorded growing within the home gardens of Güzelyurt region, from these most of them was fruit trees. With this research, we found that traditional house gardens reflect the characters and culture of the local people, small scale gardening or kitchen gardens are part of the culture. 

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 Keywords: Rural, Landscape, Traditional, Garden, Ornamental plants

 Article History: Received 15 May 2019, Received in revised form 17 August 2019, Accepted 17 August 2019


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 Özden Ö and Yıldırım S (2019). Plant biodiversity and values of cultural landscapes in Cyprus. International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences, 6(11): 1-4

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