Aleppo pine is the main conifer in the Vasa Kellakiou region. There are other types of pine that grow higher up the mountains, but not here. The aleppo pine can be recognised by its very long needles.
While all of these trees are only low-to-medium height, you will also see tall eucalyptus trees growing around the base camp area. Yes, eucalyptus are native to Australia. They were introduced to Cyprus by the British, in the colonial period. Strange as it may seem now, in the past the coastal areas of Cyprus used to be very swampy, and eucalyptus are very good at sucking up water and drying out the ground.
The landscape around Vasa Kellakiou is mainly low scrub dotted with a few, not very tall trees. Let's take the trees first, then we'll go on to bushes and scrub. The main tree species in the Vasa area are olive, almond, carob, hawthorn and aleppo pine.
Olive is the iconic species of Cyprus and other Mediterranean islands. Although it is also cultivated it grows wild everywhere. It lives to a great age (many hundreds of years) and typically has a gnarly trunk. It can be recognised by the small, oval, pointed leaves which are ... well ... olive-green (greyish green). The olives are green at first but eventually go black.