laurisilva forest

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Magical fog by raivis b
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This place is more than breathtaking. Ancient laurel trees in Laurisilva of Madeira. he Laurisilva of Madeira is an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest type. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest. So the oldest trees is approximately 800 y.o.

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Forest like this one, called “laurisilva,” once covered southern Europe. Today only pockets of laurisilva exist on isolated islands in the Atlantic,  thanks to climactic changes and human interference. (These particular pictures are from Madeira, which has the largest laurisilva.) The forest is mainly comprised of evergreen trees and bushes with flat, dark green leaves, and the animals that rely on them.