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by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 49
Replies: 27
Views: 65979

Well I know the genus but not the exact species and a bit busy/lazy to look it up so I'll pass for someone else.

Unfortunately for you MWP (in a joking way of course) I also have one of these at home :-D

RB
by RB
Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Try this...
Replies: 25
Views: 62029

Flowers soon!
by RB
Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Mammals
Topic: Rat....
Replies: 8
Views: 38623

I do and did have a camera unfortunately the nest was so much a part of the bamboo itself that a photo would not have been of much use. You can see the Bamboo on the country lane (in one part not usable by normal cars) that leads from Burmarrad (meets the main road at the spot where the main road go...
by RB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: Mammals
Topic: Rat....
Replies: 8
Views: 38623

Rat....

Today I saw a rat's nest up in a Bamboo clump, (real bamboo, at Bidnija, not Arundo) it was really neat and it was also occupied! I was unaware, examining the Bamboo and I heard rustling just inches above my head, and saw a healthy looking rat very adeptly rushing off climbing through the Bamboo lik...
by RB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: ID please - Pittosporum tobira
Replies: 3
Views: 16196

"Is this Pittosporum tobira I photographed this on the seafront at Bugibba..."

Yes

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by RB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: ID please - this one from Buskett
Replies: 1
Views: 10691

yes "naspli" in Maltese :wink:

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by RB
Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:34 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: ID please plant from Ghar Dalam
Replies: 2
Views: 12882

Re: ID please plant from Ghar Dalam

... I saw it frequently on waste ground and in domestic gardens around about the Island. Does not, that is locally very rare, there is another one in Birzebbugia and I know of maybe 2 other locations. Wigandia caracasana. You may also have seen the common fig elsewhere whose growth habit, leaf text...
by RB
Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:27 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Something interesting about the common blue
Replies: 4
Views: 10525

Interesting, and at this rate if farming and animal husbandry were considered as the start of human civilisation, then ants have been civilsed for a lot longer than we have.

Suppose you all know that ants "farm" aphids, too - even carting them to suitable plant species for them to feed on.

RB
by RB
Sat Dec 22, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Ornamental Garden Trees and Shrubs - their origins
Replies: 4
Views: 11861

That is history not horticulture :-D Seriously though I really do not know of any similar stories. I would state however that since Malta was a British colony for quite a long time, that it is indeed possible that many trees have some form of connection. One such tree (all specimens of a certain age...
by RB
Wed Dec 19, 2007 7:46 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Ornamental Garden Trees and Shrubs - their origins
Replies: 4
Views: 11861

Re: Ornamental Garden Trees and Shrubs - their origins

...but what significance is to be read from the choice of planting in a place such as The Howard Gardens. I would say "availability". In the past, importation of trees/plants was undoubtedly more restricted (for practical, not legislative reasons) than today's global scenario. Therefore of a certai...
by RB
Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:31 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Another one to ID.....
Replies: 13
Views: 28108

Silly me, never saw the follow-ups to the original thread where the name of this tree was definitively cleared up (thanks to Jack)- not even when I referred to it as above.

Anyway...

Another happy bunny.

RB
by RB
Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:09 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Another one to ID.....
Replies: 13
Views: 28108

It's true that the link you suggest S.sap. is most definitely not the plant in Glimbo's pic. The plant in Glimbo's pic is the tree we discussed in the thread linked to above, however it seems that the name we decided upon there (Sapindus indica) which it is apparently known by at San Anton, may not ...
by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Another one to ID.....
Replies: 13
Views: 28108

Howard gardens are in (just outside) Mdina and it is likely that the tree is a Sapindus coz from memory I think there are a couple.

By the parking area at Mdina are also the "pampas trees" (??) the trees with a very gnarly trunk that look like they are thousand years old.

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by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:19 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Another one to ID.....
Replies: 13
Views: 28108

I'm thinking Sapindus indica from the leaves, but honestly never saw the flowers of this tree so do not know. Pic not too clear, if it were, the leaves would be sufficient to confirm.

viewtopic.php?t=1174
(scroll down)

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by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 35576

Very easy to rip out though, pine. Tets, I'm guessing that pic was taken on the north-east coast of Gozo?
Pls advise...

RB
by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:17 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP - One of the last Quiz of the year
Replies: 4
Views: 17352

Whoa, VERY easy MWP, best left to those not familiar with "larger" plants to have some fun with...

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by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:14 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 35576

I know it as C. edulis.

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by RB
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Try this...
Replies: 25
Views: 62029

It is a very fast grower - it is now in a 40cm pot (more like a bucket actually) and is now around 1.5m high, with leaves again up to 40cm long. Right now growth is much slower of course, very nearly stopped, coz of the cold. It also survived falling 1 storey high when it was in a smaller pot and go...
by RB
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:18 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Plant from Mosta
Replies: 7
Views: 17989

IL-PINE wrote:I work there :)
Quoting Glimbo:

"...in a bed by the seating area "

Great job Pine!!

:lol:

RB
by RB
Mon Dec 17, 2007 10:53 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Plant from Mosta
Replies: 7
Views: 17989

http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/polygalamyrt.htm

It's very definitely a perennial here, and is widely planted because it is fairly drought resistant.

RB
by RB
Sat Dec 15, 2007 11:52 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Fedia graciliflora with a bifid lower petal
Replies: 1
Views: 10871

Very strange indeed.... :wink:

RB
by RB
Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Only leaves of a perennial wild plant.
Replies: 11
Views: 21599

Important Question - does your small plants of PM have/had pilose leaves and stems? If you are referring to the one in the pot, it is exactly like the one in your pic. It's not really small at all, in fact it has been there for some years now, and it never sees any direct sunlight. I would not nece...
by RB
Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:34 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Only leaves of a perennial wild plant.
Replies: 11
Views: 21599

Taking a second look at the pics, the surroundings are distinctly green with algae so I would tend to think that this is a shady, north-facing spot.

There does not seem to be any option in Weber's so I'd safely say P. m. but be interested if it were not. Where is JP?

RB
by RB
Tue Dec 11, 2007 1:31 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Only leaves of a perennial wild plant.
Replies: 11
Views: 21599

:roll: :roll: :roll: MWP, I think that it is LIKELY to be P. majus. Was this growing in a shaded position? I think that under these conditions and especially when the plant is very actively growing, the leaves/stems are rather 'softer" than one would expect from this plant. Late spring/summer, the g...
by RB
Sat Dec 08, 2007 1:45 pm
Forum: Honey Making
Topic: HONEY
Replies: 5
Views: 36347

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by RB
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Tree in a valley
Replies: 7
Views: 14231

Oh ok I know where, there is also white willow. Just like almost anywhere else you will find this, a relatively recent planting.

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by RB
Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:36 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 31267

Foreigners come here to steal our natural heritage and sell overseas. That's a very wild assumption. From my experience, the greatest enemy of Malta, as a country, it's heritage, and it's nature, are the Maltese. The Maltese dump in the countryside. The Maltese vandalise historical monuments. The M...
by RB
Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:23 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Burnt Vitex agnus-castus at Qawra valley, Gozo
Replies: 4
Views: 14730

Noticed this, unfortunately. Some were showing re-growth, but only a few. But then again they should not be, at this time, so there is hope that come March we will see signs of life. I took some seed and spread it around the most promising patches, in the hope that there may be some result.

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by RB
Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:16 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Most Poisonous Plant ??
Replies: 6
Views: 23664

the tomato - i heard it is deadly poisonous! :-D Definitely, you have it on the highest authority. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4289187.stm I also heard that tomatoes are related to letter boxes, because they are the same colour and have plenty of little things you can't eat, inside. I'm...
by RB
Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:13 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: A Cactus, not Opuntia
Replies: 10
Views: 25259

Oh it's a cactus allright, no Euphorbia. Related to Opuntia, but hey, I think Jackpot has it perfect.

RB