OCHI (Mountain) KARYSTIA
There are unique geological formations (cliffs, caves and natural sculptures) as well as a system of tens of springs, brooks, torrents and currents in Mount Ochi. The surface waters are more than usual for the Aegean Sea environment. Mount Ochi can be easily called "the mountain of springs". In its higher eastern side, there is the last "pure" forest of chestnut trees in southern Evia. The hyper perennial chestnut trees of the chestnut scrub are the remnants of large forests that once covered the whole mountain. Above this oasis, the tops of the mountain dominated like natural fortresses. In these rocks, that are difficult of access, lots of kinds of indigenous, plants and rare forest trees and bushes grow like black fir trees. The area provides a shelter for mountain kinds of birds that don't nest anywhere else in the southern part of Evia.
In Mount Ochi, there are unique, natural places full of flowers, where Paionyes (a indigenous flower) and the indigenous kind of pansy of Evia grow. It is also characterized as an "Important Birds Area" by the "Bird International".
This text is cited May 2003 from the Prefecture of Evia tourist pamphlet (1999).
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