Nature of the Princes' Islands

Nature of the Princes' Islands

The Vegetations of Princes' Islands

Meditarrean and Black Sea climates’ characteristics and vegetation can be found together in Princes Islands. Besides the residential areas, the vegetation of the island today is pinus brutia (kızılçam) and maquis of the Mediterranean whereas exotic plants are dominating the residential ares and gardens.

Pinus Brutia

It’s a matter of discussion whether the Pinus Brutia is the natural vegetation of the Islands or not as the photos from the 19th century depict pinus brutia plantation in some parts of the island, while at the same time, some parts are treeless. Artemidorus, who lived in 1st and 2nd centuries B.C, talks about the Princes Island as Pityodes (Çamlık).


Maquis are the characteristic plant association of the Mediterranean climate and they form a group under different names. For instance, while they can be named as tall maqui or short maqui, they can also be referred by its dominant type.

Exotic Plants

In all of the Islands, exotic (yabancıl) plants stand out around the residential areas, gardens, parks and roadsides. They capture quite a lot of attention by their intriguing kinds especially in the gardens of historical villas and mansions. Besides the plants representing the mystical nature of Anatolia and Far East, plants special to South America and Japan are also seen.

Nature of the Princes' Islands


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