A small pink flower, only 5 to 20 cm tall, called Micromeria Acropolitana, is a rare plant missing from the world flora since 1908.
In 2006 scientists traced it at the foot of the Acropolis of Athens, remarking that the flower plays a vital role in the ecosystem of the area surrounding the monument’s rock.
Moreover, it has been found that more than one hundred bird species and fifteen kinds of butterfly have long lived at the Acropolis creating a micro-world barely noticeable to the tourist’s eye, yet important to the area’s biodiversity.
GEO magazine, together with the Greek society for the protection of nature, has worked closely to spotlight the little–known Acropolis ecosystem.