Pinus Brutia is a kind of pine tree, indigenous to
the Eastern Mediterranean area and can be found
up to 1200 metres above sea level in southern
parts. It is also known as Turkish Pine or
Calabrian Pine, although in Turkey they call it
Kizilcam(Red Pine). It is close to Pinus
This pine tree can reach 35 metres in height, with
a wide crown of branches.The bark is orange-red,
thick and deeply fissured at the base of the trunk,
and thin and flaky in the upper crown.The leaves
(needles) are slender and light green in colour.
The cones are upright, symmetrical and are 6-10
In Samos they used the timber from these trees to
make wooden fishing boats(caique). The island is
well-known for its tradition in this area. The
boatbuilders considered the wood from this tree
ideal because it was rich in resin , which made it
durable. The honey produced from this pine tree
is also considered of exceptional quality.
IN ACTION AT THE FOREST
The students went on an excursion to the forest
of Sevasteika, a few kilometres from our village
Marathokampos. They wanted to see the pine tree
and collect first hand information.
•They took samples from the bark, the leaves
and the seeds of the tree to study.
•They measured the height of the tree using
their body and a tape measure.
When the student
can see the top of
the tree from
between his legs,
then the distance
from the tree to
the student is the
height of the tree.
•They measured the age of the tree using
again the tape measure and a
mathematical calculation. More
specifically, we can find the age of a tree if
we divide the circumference of the trunk
•They measured the temperature of the
area at the base of the tree compared to the
temperature of the environment.
• They made sculptures of trees with
The aim of the activity was achieved. The
children returned to school happy and satisfied,
knowing what this rare tree is like.
We all know that the more we know about
something the more we respect and protect it.
Sta Kamena: At the burnt