The Flora

 

To speak about the flora of Alentejo is to speak about the cork. As the major specie of tree in the region, cork trees produce oxygen and retain carbon dioxide - a gas that is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect and consequent global warming. The cork tree actually has a double benefit to the environment. Its bark is removed carefully, by hand, every nine years. With unique features it is a natural raw material, ​ 

 

renewable, reusable and recyclable. Apart from the cork tree, holm oak and olive trees are the most common in Alentejo, which provide a very unique ecosystem and delicate balance, responsible for much of the biodiversity of fauna and flora. Developing in perfect harmony with the other animal and plant species, Alentejo’s flora is also generating positive environmental impacts and human prosperity.

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