Forrest "Sa Roda Manna"
The natural monument of "Sa Roda Manna" Scano Montiferro
The forest of Sa Roda Manna is one of the most beautiful and interesting forest stations of Sardinia and not only of Montiferru. Here is present a formation almost pure of holly (Ilex aquifolium) a tree species residual evidence of the ice ages.
Here in "Sa Roda Manna" holly trees are over ten feet tall and so dense to let through only thin shafts of light that give the forest a magical atmosphere. Poor lighting is not allowed to grow vegetation and the undergrowth is species-poor.
The OLOSTRIU, is so named Holly in the Sardinian language has an erect stem and a smooth bark, dark green. It blooms in May-June and fruiting in August-September. The forest is a safe haven for many wild animals. Here you can observe the noisy jay (Garrulus glandarius) or the rapid flight of the hawk in the branches (acipiter nisus) stealthy steps of the pine marten (Martes martes) and the wild cat (Felix lybica) species both very secretive and prefer to feed during the night.
Holly was known since ancient times for its febrifuge and anti-rheumatic capacity. Its leaves are harvested in April-May prior to flowering and contain a substance called "ilicina" with characteristics similar to caffeine responsible for the tonic and febrifuge, and were used in Sardinia to fight malaria.
CAUTION rather not eat the berries because they are strongly purgative and can cause nausea and vomiting.
Published : Monday, 27 June 2011 - 09:06
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