Zelkova abelicea (Lam.) Boiss. (Ulmaceae) is a threatened, endemic tree of the Mediterranean island of Crete. It is one of the 6 species of the genus Zelkova which represents one of the most emblematic relict tree genera of the Tertiary. Although all main Cretan mountain massifs (Lefka Ori, Idi, Dikti and Thripiti) host populations of Z. abelicea, the distribution of the species is extremely fragmented. It is threatened by overgrazing and browsing by goats and sheep, soil erosion, drought, fire and the cutting of young branches for making "Katsounes", the traditional Cretan walking sticks.
11 December 2018
The Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh) and the Management Body of Samaria National Park (West Crete) invite you to the information event entitled "Public participation in community-based conservation: the case of Zelkova abelicea", which will take place on Tuesday 11 December 2018, at 18:30, at the Municipal Gymnasium in Askyfou.