Thistles abound in rocky terrain and these bloom in summer with purple crown-like flowers. Orphan is a Greek word but its meaning in Greek can be different - an orphan is a child with no surviving parents (as in English) but also a child with only one surviving parent is an orphan. The reference to Malenis' golden-green leaf (that is Cyprus) is to his poem set to music by Theodorakis. Aphrodite is strongly associated with Cyprus throughout history (the earliest reference is in Homer) . Indeed she was born of the sea foam around Paphos.