Juniperus drupacea Labill
Juniperus drupacea (Syrian juniper) is a mountainous, small or medium-sized tree (12-20 m), endemic for the eastern Mediterranean area (Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey). Unique natural populations for Europe are found only in Mt Parnonas and Mt Taygetos (SE Peloponnese), in limestone substrates and altitude 300-1,500 m. It forms pure or mixed forests with J. oxycedrus L., Abies cephalonica Loudon or Pinus nigra J.F. Arnold subsp. nigra. J. drupacea is a tree species protected by the national legislation (PD 67/1981), included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2006) and its forests constitute a priority habitat according to the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.