Crete's vegetation features a wide range of trees. However, most of her trees concentrate in small or large clusters in mountainous areas, in plateaus and near water streams and there are just a few extended forests. The Municipality of Rouvas features one of the largest forests in Crete. The forest of Rouvas is dominated by Kermes Oak trees (Quercus coccifera) and Cretan Maples (Acer sempervirens). Here is also the biotope of the only endemic tree of Crete the Cretan zelkova (Zelcova abelicea), which is very rare and protected. A smaller but equally impressive forest is situated in Vromonero in Kroussonas. Other smaller forests with impressive cypress trees and pine trees (Pinus brutia) are found mainly in the southern slopes of mountain Psiloritis. Near the villages Margarites and Anogeia there are also Pubescent Oaks (Quercus pubescens) in clusters. Other impressive trees of Crete include the Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and the wild pear tree (Pyrus spinosa). Other valuable forests are the ones in Mylopotamos and in Kalyvos. In comparison with the forests, the often underestimated shrubs of Crete present a greater range of biodiversity.
AKOMM-Psiloritis, Α.Ε. Ο.Τ.Α. Development