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by RB
Fri Feb 01, 2008 1:33 pm
Forum: Site Requests
Topic: Well done to MWP...
Replies: 0
Views: 21186

Well done to MWP...

...in the news again! (Times). What saddens me is that notwithstanding the exposure and constant mention of mwp.com one would expect a deluge of new members and posting on the forum, but this is not the case. Is it because people are not interested? But maybe there is another reason. Now considering...
by RB
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:15 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

Regarding Pteridium, it used to grow in the Rdum il-Kbir area, the recent book of Gozo lists it as probably extinct so I guess that is so. It is a very large fern so it would be a bit improbable to miss it. (I guess it is found somewhere in RB's garden also). :P Haha no I have one missing there it ...
by RB
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Agave with large leaves
Replies: 3
Views: 16012

attenuata

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by RB
Sun Jan 27, 2008 11:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 35666

No, certainly not.

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by RB
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

Surprisingly my pics were more organised than expected.

I even used to know the name once upon a time :shock:

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by RB
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:25 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

D. Cilia wrote: On a related note, has anyone here ever seen (or better still, have photographs) of Pteridium aquilinum in the wild?
Is this supposed to grow here? It would be EXTREMELY hard to miss if so.

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by RB
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The 21st Century Oxalis pes-caprae
Replies: 12
Views: 42144

Not clematis, no idea species, Pine may have it better. Yes the upper part of Wied Babu has a very large area of trees that is completely smothered with this stuff.

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by RB
Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

DC, yes that is (practically) it - the ones I have and which I have seen a few of in old houses together with "galletti" "felci" and the like which are so characterstic, simply don't have the frilly edges to the leaves, but otherwise that's it. Thanks... BTW I disco'd a species of fern in Malta whic...
by RB
Fri Jan 25, 2008 12:06 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The 21st Century Oxalis pes-caprae
Replies: 12
Views: 42144

Now here's what I call seriously invasive - the upper part of Wied Babu is smothered. Produces plenty of viable seed, too.

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by RB
Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:51 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

No Glimbo I have not bothered trying, but a relative often takes pleasure in doing so. I'm not that much into houseplants and the like and ferns like the Maidenhair which I have I think 5 or 6 pots of, are easily propagated by division - in fact it becomes mandatory after a while. I also have some r...
by RB
Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 67388

It should not be impossible to dust off spores at the appropriate period, and propagate these.

IIRC, I saw a lot of this in Sicily, but sadly there is not much habitat here for it.

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by RB
Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Small garden tree with shower of Small white flowers
Replies: 4
Views: 16378

Yes about Viburnum. Have one but it does not get much water in summer and it spends much of the year looking miserable. Still I did not remember the name so all the credit to Glimbo.

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by RB
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:16 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Remains of an Asteracea
Replies: 4
Views: 10317

Asteriscus spinosus

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by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:30 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria lanigera?
Replies: 20
Views: 30658

The ones in Zabbar - M'Scala valley IIRC produce white flowers not pink, and the leaves are decidedly grey - apart from the more robust growth all over.

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by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:24 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The 21st Century Oxalis pes-caprae
Replies: 12
Views: 42144

That's a lot certainly. However (not to try to make a point or anything) again this seems to be very much taking over disturbed land, again, land in close proximity to human activities which therefore suppress the natural vegetation and allow such species to multiply. Let's hope so anyway. Consolati...
by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:18 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria lanigera?
Replies: 20
Views: 30658

Lots of that (as per pic) at Bahrija. The ones in M'Scala - referring to the ones growing in the dammed-up valley that leads from Zabbar? If so, definitely different to this pic.

Can't help with either except just to point out /confirm the very obvious differences.

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by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 68440

I think you are out of reality when you think that the hunter dont sell the birds for stuffing (after having one of that species for every member of the family of course) and that trappers do not sell the surplus of game caught ( after having some 3-4 dozens of birds in the trabokki at home/garage)...
by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:30 am
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 30229

I find you GUILTY of post SKIMMING so we'll meet up in jail, ehh???

You did not read my post which said just the exact same thing??? (just like I skimmed over yours :-D )

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by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: MEPA
Replies: 5
Views: 17827

That's great Xemxi, and well done for the initiative.

Would it that all development be done in full respect of the environment and with only minimal intervention.

RB
by RB
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 68440

I dont fully agree that birds can be compared to fish. The life cycle is different, the habitat is different, the number of fishermen vs trappers is different, afaik fish produces more offspring than birds per year, the damage to the habitat is different (I just came from Gozo and seen a patch of I...
by RB
Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:21 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 68440

May I say prosit everybody (esp Robcar with the comparison with fishing) this discussion is getting very mature and balanced.

I wish that people with far greater responsibilities than simply writing on a forum would also reason in this manner!

RB
by RB
Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Viva Hal-Qormi!
Replies: 4
Views: 19064

May I add that the whole "protected" area is covered in red crosses...

Wied tas-Siggiewi... Maybe he's a Qormiz too!!

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by RB
Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:10 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Viva Hal-Qormi!
Replies: 4
Views: 19064

Ibza' minn Pinu...
by RB
Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: MEPA
Replies: 5
Views: 17827

Sadly a lot of people consider the natural landscape to be wasteland that requires "improving" or must be put to some good use to be worth anything. That is why a lot of the "shock horror" about golf courses from many was about any loss of agricultural land, rather than the destruction of natural ha...
by RB
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:41 am
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 30229

I'd like to add that plants like these are very weak in the wild and tend to die out after very few generations, since the white part is unable to synthesize the food necessary from sunlight. Most probably if the effect is genetic the gene may be recessive, and pollination with other plants would m...
by RB
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 35666

Sorry no flowers. Carpobrotus has a relatively short flowering period IMHO. The plant is at the Ghargur garden (top of the world I think the place is called??) that overlooks the valley and Bahar Ic-Caghaq.

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by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 30229

Haha Glimbo I'm happy enough just looking at the pic...

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by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:41 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 30229

Very beautiful I must say! Wonder whether that was a freak thing or whether the performance will be repeatable next year. it would be tempting to attempt to self-pollinate this and have a go at growing the seeds. Who knows MWP you may end up with a "variegata" strain which you may sell the seeds and...
by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Native flowers cut for the altar
Replies: 3
Views: 15318

Worse, Crataegaeus (spelling) too. Also Pistacia but that seems to take care of itself pretty well. It's the attitude that sux with an occasional incident rather than the actual damage, but of course widespread cutting DOES cause damage - some plants are slow growing, vide Saghtar used for cribs whi...
by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 68440

No, MWP, it's not money. These guys stop work for weeks during the hunting/trapping season. Many of them are self employed - consider mechanics, panel beaters, etc, a panel beater makes an easy Lm100, Lm140 a day believe me. They go off work and LOSE a pile of $$$. I've heard this a thousand times, ...