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by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 66982

The effects of antagonism are already very visible. As a biker, covering far greater areas than walkers, we are continually encountering new gates and signs forbidding access to PRIVATE land, whereas before none existed - passers-by (effectively, we must say, trespassers) were tolerated. Now there i...
by RB
Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 66982

No I am not a trapper yet on the other hand I do not believe that hunting is inherently "bad". If you want to expound on that argument, fine. It may be very "bad" the way it often practised illegally in Malta, which illegal practice is highly prevalent, but it is not "bad" in itself. I've gone (far)...
by RB
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 33262

Enjoy the party, but no Lamps. It's a Carpobrotus in everything but size, and again it may be nothing special - maybe it is stunted after all. I'll try to sample it and give it a good life :-D and we'll see how it goes.

RB
by RB
Wed Jan 16, 2008 7:23 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 66982

Rather wishful but no. You can't take someone to court without witnesses, so unless they are caught in the act and the witness is willing to testify (non-anonymously by inference) then nothing doing. Aside from the fact that remuneration of any sort makes the "reporting party" a highly biased witnes...
by RB
Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 33262

Well I got the photo location right ;-)

JP et al, I saw a Carpobrotus with leaves only about 3/4ths of normal size. I don't think it is just stunted, it is a large specimen and observed during different seasons. What is this?

RB
by RB
Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 49
Replies: 27
Views: 64390

As JP says, San Anton is your best bet.

RB
by RB
Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:51 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 50
Replies: 28
Views: 67821

HC Weber wrote:family starts with an S, and the fruit is 3-parted :)
Well I'm off to a good start then :lol: but the fruit may as well have been sliced and diced, won't get me anywhere!

RB
by RB
Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 50
Replies: 28
Views: 67821

Le, its a Sigra...

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by RB
Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 50
Replies: 28
Views: 67821

I "may" be able to tell you where it is growing, but that's about it...

RB
by RB
Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 13361

When one has to remove spines of Qaqocc which adorn the "inflorescence" measuring up to 13mm long which happen to be penetratating one's shin straight to the bone :shock: , one tends to become very familiar with this plant... and gives it a wide berth at all seasons, especially in Summer when it is ...
by RB
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 13361

1 is 101% Atriplex (as pointed out) and 2 is 102% Qacocc selvagg (as pointed out).

I'm 103% sure on this :lol:

RB
by RB
Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: ID please
Replies: 3
Views: 14677

Melia azedarach (spelling?)

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by RB
Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:37 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Not so lovely yellow mushroom
Replies: 25
Views: 61679

Also very true. I guess it boils down to personal responsibility, which I unfortunately see very little of here. (Malta I mean, not this forum!)

RB
by RB
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:11 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Not so lovely yellow mushroom
Replies: 25
Views: 61679

Have to admit that I swing a bit Conchy's way, but then everything in moderation ;-)

Il-Malti jghidlek halli par ghar-razza ;-)

RB
by RB
Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Not so lovely yellow mushroom
Replies: 25
Views: 61679

Well no I have never had those even though we have 3 large Aleppos, but currently have a large number of the small spindly mushrooms with a cap about 3cm wide, feeding off dead plum trees. Those yellow mushrooms as per subject of post, I have often seen in Buskett and if memory serves, not in proxim...
by RB
Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:00 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: 2 Baby Plants - is ID possible?
Replies: 7
Views: 14862

2 definitely gladiolus, exact species impossible without flower though odds are that they are the commonest. 1, true, I am not convinced about, that looks awfully like Scilla as you say, but it looks large in the pic, the timing if of course totally wrong, and you already seem to have Scilla greener...
by RB
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:41 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Bamboo for Glimbo
Replies: 10
Views: 28211

Thanks Glimbo, didn't know you were female (not that it makes much difference) but in some way one tends to personify online contacts unconsciously. In Malta you would be a "Glimba" therefore :-D . Thanks for the info, I was not really prepared to go to the trouble as I do have enough subject matter...
by RB
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 49
Replies: 27
Views: 64390

You are on the right track G, as for this one, this can grow up to 15ft+ tall given the room.

Still don't know the species, even though have had this plant for many years.

RB
by RB
Thu Jan 10, 2008 3:30 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: 2 Baby Plants - is ID possible?
Replies: 7
Views: 14862

No. 2 is gladiolus.

No. 1 looks like a lot of bulbous plants but at this time likely to also be gladiolus??

RB
by RB
Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:03 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Bamboo for Glimbo
Replies: 10
Views: 28211

I think that some better photos of the plant in situ would be more useful, maybe MWP will track it down and work his photographic magic... Those are actually cuttings, but having read up I note that it may not be easy to propagate in this manner - or rather it depends greatly on the particular speci...
by RB
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:53 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 49
Replies: 27
Views: 64390

Glimbo, you will find that some different species in this genus are very common house plants, and another species still, often also found in a very particular place in the home, though not for decoration...

RB
by RB
Wed Jan 09, 2008 6:51 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Bamboo for Glimbo
Replies: 10
Views: 28211

It's very definitely a bamboo, like I said unfortunately the pic and the subject are not too hot.

The clump was pushing out new growth probably around 15ft tall and over 3cm thick at the lower parts.

The samples in the pic were taken from older, branching growth.

RB
by RB
Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 49
Replies: 27
Views: 64390

Well it's actually in a medium-large sized pot, but it does happen to be somewhat tight there (now there's a clue)

RB

PS as an aside I really can not find the species :? I just looked now but no luck.
by RB
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Try this...
Replies: 25
Views: 59548

Here's an update pic, you can also see the flowerbuds forming.

RB
by RB
Tue Jan 08, 2008 6:26 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Bamboo for Glimbo
Replies: 10
Views: 28211

Bamboo for Glimbo

Follow up from the RAT thread thought it more relevant to place this here.

Here's the pic of the bamboo, not too brilliant so let us know if you can ID this notwithstanding.

RB
by RB
Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Lovely fungus
Replies: 16
Views: 47950

Mr.RB if i may correct your huge and scandalous mistake that you wrote in you previous message, i am very disappointed that such a mistake has been wrote in such.............bla bla bla bla bla................. That is not a plant it's a fungus!!!! Just foolin around brotha'! U iva, i meant it's no...
by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:34 pm
Forum: Mammals
Topic: Rat....
Replies: 8
Views: 37848

Could have by tomorrow. I helped myself to a "sample" and I could try taking a pic. Obviously won't be an easy job for you though because I only tried to get bits with a couple of nodes on them no more than 1 cm thick, off branching culms. The new growth I saw had culms that were up to 4cm thick. RB
by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Lovely fungus
Replies: 16
Views: 47950

Beautiful plant, beautiful photo. The aliens have landed!

RB
by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Mammals
Topic: Rat....
Replies: 8
Views: 37848

They are not cultivated bamboo is of no real commercial value here.

It's just a clump which someone (presumably the owner of the field) decided to start off likely by planting a pot plant.

RB
by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:13 pm
Forum: Mammals
Topic: Rat....
Replies: 8
Views: 37848

Thanks RB! I'll try to maze it up. Do you think these bamboos are cultivated for commercial ornamental use? ? They are obviously wild plants in their native habitat but also of coruse sold as ornamentals. They are not "cultivated" in Malta, only imported and sold. Are they those 'sticks' with one e...