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by RB
Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Butterfly
Replies: 7
Views: 20399

Ah yes, forgot the name but I think something to do with "skipper"

Not uncommon - at the right time of year of course.

RB
by RB
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria lanigera?
Replies: 20
Views: 21827

I think the pop will always be very variable depending on the rain patterns. Simply put, if it rains heavily late in the season, the ones further down the valley will be totally submerged for days and will die. The habitat is not natural and thus susceptible to these extreme variations. I would say ...
by RB
Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria lanigera?
Replies: 20
Views: 21827

As JP said it is not the Bypass but the "old" M'scala road. There is a dam and further upstream a bridge over the valley floor that leads to Bidni, usually the greatest concentration is found there, just by the bridge. It's quite a dirty place actually!! RB The ones in Zabbar - M'Scala valley IIRC p...
by RB
Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Apologies for ignorance..
Replies: 4
Views: 7557

Tasseled hyacinth, Muscari comosum

RB
by RB
Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:17 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: changes in weather trends and their effects 2008
Replies: 6
Views: 17936

We are a tiny rock surrounded by sea, which has a dampening effect IMHO on any extreme weather. I do believe that "weather" per se on a small island like ours will naturally fluctuate, sometimes considerably, and it is difficult to notice changes except by proper study over a long period. I suppose ...
by RB
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What's this tree please?
Replies: 4
Views: 9558

I disagree with the notes found in some places that this tree grows to around 25 feet - it grows larger, several sizeable specimens can be found in Malta and Gozo public gardens that are MUCH larger.

RB
by RB
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What's this tree please?
Replies: 4
Views: 9558

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GGLJ_enMT204MT204&q=Lagunaria+patersonii+&btnG=Search&meta= Easy to propagate by seed sown around March, and a fast grower too! Fibres in seed pods should be avoided, it is also known as the "Cow Itch Tree" :shock: and for good reason... I have one I grew ...
by RB
Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:01 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: changes in weather trends and their effects 2008
Replies: 6
Views: 17936

I think that is more to do with serious disturbances in the marine ecosystem caused primarily by overfishing, especially of top-tier predatory species. About 15 yrs ago snorkelling one would almost certainly see octopi, and often of a very reasonably decent size. Nowadays if you see one you are luck...
by RB
Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:59 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Senecio bicolor with fasciation
Replies: 1
Views: 8201

Senecio bicolor with fasciation

Noted one plant exhibiting serious fasciation in Gozo, Dahlet Qorrot area. Never before seen one this way.

It was, perversely, very attractive and seemed otherwise 100% healthy.

Hope this is of interest to the more scientifically inclined among us.

Unfortunately no camera.

RB
by RB
Wed Jun 11, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: changes in weather trends and their effects 2008
Replies: 6
Views: 17936

I think it's more of a long term thing which we are unlikely to notice without study of particular species for an extended period.

The threats to our biodiversity take place at a far faster rate than that however, and are all related to direct human intervention.

RB
by RB
Wed May 28, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 53
Replies: 5
Views: 15639

This is one of the succulent types that has been cultivated in Maltese gardens for many long years, before the relatively recent rush of importation of all types of species by garden centres. It's a "classic" in a way just like Lampranthus, etc. so anyone with the slightest interest would have a spe...
by RB
Tue May 27, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 53
Replies: 5
Views: 15639

Fairly common, this, I think I still have some. I have put succulents very much to the side these last few years so many have either overgrown, or died!

RB
by RB
Mon May 26, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: No Lizards in the Maltese Countryside
Replies: 12
Views: 26588

There seem to be a fair few lizards down south, definitely not over-run as Gozo seems to be but nevertheless present in reasonable numbers.

Who knows, maybe some disease decimated the numbers and they are making a comeback??

Maybe this disease did not cross over to Gozo.

RB
by RB
Mon May 26, 2008 6:05 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 4
Views: 7485

Dont know name but each time I go to the window I see about 40 of these the nearest 10 metres away.

RB
by RB
Sat May 17, 2008 1:36 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Small plant
Replies: 10
Views: 12256

jackpot wrote:would expect an Iridaceae- perhaps Romulea?
My first instinct too but the fruit was off-putting - unless it was simply stunted (!)

RB
by RB
Sat May 10, 2008 5:07 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Small plant
Replies: 10
Views: 12256

dik mhux haxix hazin my frent... :-D :-D

Looks like something that has a bulb, which does narrow it down considerably I think.

RB
by RB
Tue May 06, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: No Lizards in the Maltese Countryside
Replies: 12
Views: 26588

Sunday I passed through the valley that runs alongside Siggiewi up to the road/bridge that links Zebbug to Siggiewi, and at the upper reaches at least, there were plenty of lizards.

RB
by RB
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: No Lizards in the Maltese Countryside
Replies: 12
Views: 26588

... I have not seen a single lizard in the coutryside in Malta for ages and I hike around many different places with my family every Sunday. I have one place in mind which I very clearly remember in my childhood that was absolutely full of lizards, and very tame ones at that. It's the valley that l...
by RB
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:54 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A rather alert mustard butterfly
Replies: 8
Views: 17991

Probably seen a grand total of 3. It's a vagrant from Africa IIRC so even more unlikely to see caterpillars here! Unless they come in on a boat :-D :-D :-D

RB
by RB
Wed Apr 23, 2008 11:11 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A rather alert mustard butterfly
Replies: 8
Views: 17991

Meadow brown always was one of those butterflies that you could not really go looking for. Sometimes there are plenty of them, sometimes you don't see any.

Just like many butterflies IMHO.

RB
by RB
Wed Apr 23, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: some IDs needed please
Replies: 5
Views: 10936

Wow, thanks! Is that sedum particularly uncommon? No it is not, found in many places on garigue. Collect some seed and spread on the surface of soil in a pot containing a larger plant (placed in a very sunny position), and you will soon have your own in-house production facility :-D I do, have had ...
by RB
Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: announcement for "Ornamental Plants of Malta"
Replies: 40
Views: 70795

DHL is "normal" mail in Germany, which internally is normally surface.

Also you have the options of Airmail or International Priority Mail, however whatever you choose is unlikely to mean anything as they will choose airmail, logically.

RB
by RB
Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: No Lizards in the Maltese Countryside
Replies: 12
Views: 26588

Anton, I noted that too - well actually what I did note was that there are plenty more lizards (by about a factor of 10) in Gozo than there are in Malta. And also, they seem to be doing perfectly well in an urban environment. I am not convinced of the pesticide link, they are not present in large nu...
by RB
Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hairy orchid....
Replies: 17
Views: 24625

I do not know anything about this particular plant, but I think that this business of describing each tiny orchid variant as a distinct species seems to be getting out of hand (of course I am not referring to you mwp but to all these botanists coming up with orchid names) :( :( :( I am sure that if...
by RB
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Plantago with spiky spikes!
Replies: 6
Views: 9235

I can't help in any way with the ID but just to point out that the fact that the leaves are rather leathery and thick does not mean much, as you know when some plants grow in an arid location and esp towards the end of the rainy season the leaves often develop in this manner to conserve water, while...
by RB
Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: no comment - orchid
Replies: 4
Views: 7465

MWP admin wrote:White form (albino?) of Anacamptis urvilleana (endemic).
Yes of course, just that I never saw one that was so pure white, normally they come in varying shades of pink, even very light, but pure white without a hint of pink I never saw.

RB
by RB
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: no comment - orchid
Replies: 4
Views: 7465

no comment - orchid

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by RB
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 52
Replies: 20
Views: 43642

Here is one of my Fraxinus angustifolia, as one can see, there is no comparison.

Also just for ref is one of my C illionensis (Pecan Tree), definitely out as well.

RB
by RB
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: some images
Replies: 5
Views: 18785

As an aside Limonium is very easy to propagate, find some dried flowers, crush, and spread over soil, when the time is right you will have a forest! When cultivated the plant produces very large sprays of flowers, seemingly endlessly late Spring through late Summer, it is very beautiful indeed, I ha...
by RB
Sat Apr 05, 2008 1:07 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: some images
Replies: 5
Views: 18785

At best the differences are very slight, I never tried, and yours is very stunted so that complicates things no end!

RB