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by RB
Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Seems like some form of chicory
Replies: 3
Views: 8079

Seems like some form of chicory

Smallish bush maybe up to around 50cm high.
by RB
Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Crosswort?
Replies: 2
Views: 7208

Crosswort?

The closest I could get was this, in Weber's, however one small niggle I have about a few of the photos is that there is no sense of scale for the smaller stuff and thus anything can look absolutely huge with a macro lens.

This plant is quite common.

Is it?
by RB
Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:44 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Little carpeting plant
Replies: 9
Views: 14028

Little carpeting plant

Not sure I ever saw something like this before, but I guess very easy to overlook, esp when in the company of other greenery.

The single plant formed a patch around 75cm diameter, it was completely flat on the ground (supine?).

Any ideas?
by RB
Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:40 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Emm... emm... "tree"
Replies: 17
Views: 24693

Emm... emm... "tree"

I do have a very good idea of what this is, but since there are 2 very closely related species I'd much rather let you guys do the ID'ing.

Another q. This seems to be "summer deciduous" is this normal?

Thanks

RB
by RB
Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 64194

Re the agave, in this instance I would say that the opposite is true - Different species possibly being given the same "accepted" name. I think this occurs mainly with species commonly in cultivation where gardeners, etc use the Latin name rather than the "common" name, and they tend not to be so fu...
by RB
Wed Nov 15, 2006 6:02 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What Acacia
Replies: 20
Views: 31372

Very definitely non native. You need to lay off the public gardens for photographic subjects :wink:
by RB
Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:21 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59544

It should not be impossible to eradicate the rat population on Selmunett, contrary to impressions except in "bountiful" locations rats are not that numerous in terms of number/area, and warfarin based poisons are still highly effective. I hazard a guess that it only takes about Lm25-Lm50 worth of po...
by RB
Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium type plant
Replies: 13
Views: 19248

Ricinus will get you in trouble.

Vitex will get them in trouble with their wives, for a lack of "interest" shall we say... :oops:

at least that's why it's called Monk's Pepper... :?
by RB
Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:27 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Looks edible ! ! !
Replies: 14
Views: 25760

I think we should have a cookery section...
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Schinus spp.
Replies: 28
Views: 44410

You'll find that one in Blamey's book, don't remember Weber's (these dont interest me much) it's quite a common thing (non native) but the name escapes me at the moment.

RB
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 64194

More pics - Take a look at the agave @ Taormina - that is massive! This can not be ordinary A americana, apart from the exaggerated size, look at the flower spike how knobbly it is.
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 64194

Thanks Pine. RE sicily Sdravko, it is a VERY interesting and beautiful place. I went about 3 times in the Nebrodi mts north of Etna, plenty of forested area and lots lots lots of beautiful wild plants. I never went there for the plants (probably for the food, and no I didn't eat the plants except cu...
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Just a pretty pic taken yesterday...
Replies: 7
Views: 18858

Sdravko wrote:thus, for example some Fumana flowers which to humans will appear pure yellow, for bees they have UV spots leading them to the centre.
Ahh, like our road markings then - you need special eyes to see them!

RB
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What Acacia
Replies: 20
Views: 31372

Boqq not very good at this "names" thing, but I think many people refer to plants that look like this, as "mimosa".
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:27 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium type plant
Replies: 13
Views: 19248

Or you can be deviously subtle and offer them some Vitex agnus castus seeds instead :twisted:
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Probably just a cultivated one (Poaceae)
Replies: 4
Views: 17217

Think it's called "pampas grass" and very definitely non native.

I have a clump of this, in summer it appreciates a little bit of water or else it goes a bit ugly, like mine did.

RB
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Looks edible ! ! !
Replies: 14
Views: 25760

Stephanotis, nothing to eat inside there , there are fluffy wind dispersed seeds inside.
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium type plant
Replies: 13
Views: 19248

hehehe MWP, I am just imagining the secret service following Sdravko through natural and urban areas, by just looking out for the trail of half-eaten plants, maybe trees even, with a bite taken out of them...
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Just a pretty pic taken yesterday...
Replies: 7
Views: 18858

Do you also notice something else unusual and interesting - Undoubtedly related to insect pollination. This flower is PINK in reality. But in the photo it looks almost VIOLET. It also looks violet in Weber's book, and I had then thought that the difference was due to printing processes. But now when...
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:08 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 64194

That's what I thought too, I never saw this in the wild but it looks funnily familiar (maybe from Sicily) and W@K seem to give the impression that the "wild" ones are escapees from Mistra Village, although it was not perfectly clear. Mentioning Sicily, now that is also a very interesting place, espe...
by RB
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:04 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Give it your best shot...
Replies: 6
Views: 17285

Well I'm inviting everyone around for salad ;-) that way we'll have a larger "sample" for research purposes... Apart, it's definitely not ordinary Nerium oleander as I often have seedlings of these just popping up uninvited and there are differences: N.o.: No red veins; Rough-ish texture to leaves; ...
by RB
Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Just a pretty pic taken yesterday...
Replies: 7
Views: 18858

Just a pretty pic taken yesterday...

Guess these plants' calendar is a bit confused.
by RB
Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:50 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 64194

Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?

Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
by RB
Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium type plant
Replies: 13
Views: 19248

Yes that's the name in the book :wink:
by RB
Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:43 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium type plant
Replies: 13
Views: 19248

Allium type plant

Is this the non-native described in Weber's book? Several years ago I made the likely mistake of collecting some seeds for cultivation, now the plants seem to appear in the most unwanted places, often very close to other plants in locations where it is impossible to remove them without damaging the ...
by RB
Mon Nov 13, 2006 1:35 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Give it your best shot...
Replies: 6
Views: 17285

Just have, no it does not seem to be, well OK it isn't. It does have leaves with some resemblance to the ornamental plant commonly used for hedging in Malta, which is also mentioned in Weber's latest, and which name I don't have to hand. But again it's not it, may be related. Anyone else? Or shall I...
by RB
Sat Nov 11, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59544

I understand you robcar, and your valid concerns, my only opinion (and you don't have to agree with me and we'll still be friends) is that IMHO you've got it wrong in the sense that you seem to be under the impression that plants choose the habitat and not the other way round. What am I on about. In...
by RB
Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:45 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59544

I would have to agree with so much of what has been said here, personally my reservations are only in the sense that while the law is there for a very valid reason, in reality you have to see how effective the law is. What am I on about? We have plenty of protected species. Protected, important habi...
by RB
Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:59 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Give it your best shot...
Replies: 6
Views: 17285

Give it your best shot...

I have this growing with a Leylandii tree, it likely came in the same pot before planting out. I very nearly was going to zap it as initially it looked rather "weedy" but gave it a second chance it might be something interesting. Any ideas? It's NOT Nerium oleander, there are the red veins and the l...
by RB
Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:52 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Waste
Replies: 2
Views: 12669

About the geyser - Yes it is true that if you set it to a lower temperature, you will consume less electricity. But NO it is not because you "dilute" the hot water otherwise, that is a lot of nonsense some fool wrote in the Times of Malta. The reason why you will use less electric is that the losses...