SYMBOLS OF CYPRUS
The Republic of Cyprus announced in February 2006 that the cyclamen (Cyclamen cyprium) had been chosen as the national plant, and the golden aok (Quercus alnifolia) the national tree. The choice was hampered by stipulations that the symbols be native to the island and not be used by another country. Whereas the golden oak was an easy choice (the only other indigenous tree is the cedar, which is the symbol of Lebanon), Cypriot officials took 15 years to choose the cyclamen from a list of 140 native plants. Both will not be used to promote tourism and the environment.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65)