Cyprus has a wide variety of wildflowers that blossom toward the end of winter and spring. These flowers are found in fields, plains, and forests. One of the most common wildflowers is “xynidi” or “oxynudi” which grows everywhere in the lowlands and semi-mountainous areas. The flower is bright yellow with five petals. Its name comes from the oxalic acid found in the plant and it is harmless to humans and animals. Oxynudi has different uses. It can be used as food but also as medicine. The raw bulbs treat tapeworm and the plant is used as a diuretic. The bright yellow petals can be used as a yellow dye. Most importantly, oxynudi can be a good source of food for the bees.

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