Morris Squill

ENDANGERED

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Scilla morrisii - This plant is a perennial herb endemic to Cyprus. It has 3-6 straight leaves that are typically 70cm long and small star shaped flowers that are coloured purple, blue or white. It blooms between March and April. This plant is known from only 3 locations in north-western Cyprus. It grows at altitude levels between 250-900m, where it grows in moist crevices, most frequently under old oak and turpentine trees. It is estimated that there are roughly 1,000 individuals remaining. This species is under threat by continuous habitat degradation such as the construction of roads and human induced fires. There is also report of logging and forest clearance. The survival of this plant depends hugely on the conservation of the ancient oak and turpentine trees in the area.