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by RB
Sun Oct 22, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Moth caterpillar
Replies: 5
Views: 13706

Today saw a big muther of these in Wardija, about 8cm long going for a stroll on the garigue.
by RB
Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:13 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Yet another asparagus
Replies: 7
Views: 16222

And yes, sometimes it gets out of the pot and is found in semi-shade such as under carob trees... it's 100% identified as I have them at home. The seeds grow easily in fact I am always removing them immediately they sprout as removing an established plant from the same pot as another plant is nearly...
by RB
Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Yet another asparagus
Replies: 7
Views: 16222

That seems to be the very common, ornamental, pot-grown asparagus, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus_plumosus.
by RB
Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Moth caterpillar
Replies: 5
Views: 13706

When I was young I remember there used to be plenty of nice caterpillars (that's my best description of them ;-) ) at Birzebbugia Valley (behind Pretty Bay) but now that area has been completely built over. One day must visit to see what's left.
by RB
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: New Book about Maltese flora - 500 plants listed!
Replies: 28
Views: 68656

"Quota" does not mean that this filesize is too large - but that apparently there is a limit to the TOTAL number of files you have ever uploaded (e.g. maybe you uploaded 200 pics of 40kb up to now) so you may upload no more. This is not an "error" but something for MWP to adjust to a higher level so...
by RB
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: lazy request
Replies: 2
Views: 7093

Yes! In fact I then looked it up in Weber's.

For anyone who is interested, I also planted many seeds around end September and one had better spread them thinly because the success rate is very high.

RB
by RB
Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: lazy request
Replies: 2
Views: 7093

lazy request

What is the name of the common perennial which has yellow flowers looking a lot like (but is not) the attached, this plant has grey-green wavy leaves with whitish undesides and the flowers can be on a stem sometimes up to 1 m high, plenty of yellow flowers about 10-13mm wide late spring and a bit in...
by RB
Thu Oct 19, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Phoenician Juniper- Native, Naturalised, what?
Replies: 12
Views: 71159

Ahemm, this also requires a little bit of imagination ;-)

It is otherwise very difficult to explain, maybe one day someone will be able to show you, I leave it to others maybe they can do better than me.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:29 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Sunflower like species
Replies: 8
Views: 17601

Yes if you are referring to the one that looks like a potato obviously and not the globe artichoke.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: New Book about Maltese flora - 500 plants listed!
Replies: 28
Views: 68656

Bought one during valletta's "notte bianca". Was probably the best way to escape from the zillions of people that there were everywhere, to pop into a bookshop! It's a fantastic book, definitely. I was lucky in the sense that in my mind, I had the image of Weber's previous book, the one with the Cis...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 4:05 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Nice places in Gozo for hiking
Replies: 13
Views: 35651

I will leave the eating to you ;-) some frogs are very poisonous!

Maybe the Gozitans will then call the area "ghadira tal-mignun" which means "the madman's pond".
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:45 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Phoenician Juniper- Native, Naturalised, what?
Replies: 12
Views: 71159

hehehehe wonderful you understand perfectly hahahha I cant stop laughing, I could write something else but maybe it would not be good for MWP and this post would be deleted hahahaha
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:42 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Unknown bush
Replies: 7
Views: 12343

Well as regards Weber yes in fact I did think that maybe the book has a mistake! It was a bit extremely different! But then I thought it was not possible for him to make a mistake!! Now that's respect ehh ;-)
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: No 2 - another small tree
Replies: 5
Views: 11049

I will try to plant these seeds also then, I don't like to plant seeds of stuff I don't know, so this now makes me happy...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:37 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Nice places in Gozo for hiking
Replies: 13
Views: 35651

I think they were singing in April/may, which was the last time I was in that place. It would be spring, so that would explain it, time for sox ;-) pity the frogs only one time a year and then they do it with eggs hehehe The frogs there are not native, they are larger, and very very loud all the day...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: No 2 - another small tree
Replies: 5
Views: 11049

Is this also present in Buskett? Because I think I saw this and have some seeds, but no photos.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Unknown bush
Replies: 7
Views: 12343

I have just looked at Weber's latest book, and the photo there shows a plant with POINTED leaflets, not indented/notched for ssp glauca. And again they are distinctly folded, not flat as this plant. Blamey's book has illustrations not photos but again the fold and veins are evident. I find it hard t...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Nice places in Gozo for hiking
Replies: 13
Views: 35651

You seem to have most of Gozo covered. Another nice interesting bit is from the Ghadira Ta' Sarrafu area (maybe you hear the feking frogs they are very loud) all the way to Dwejra, not via the road, but as much as possible sticking to the cliff edge from the Ghadira. Again a quarry but what can you ...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:20 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Other small bush - bad pic sorry!
Replies: 3
Views: 8282

Same as in near the Coronilla, well the Coronilla was in a more protected location while this was in the wide open. Thanks! Will try to confirm which exactly.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:18 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Sunflower like species
Replies: 8
Views: 17601

Howsabout jerusalem artichoke afaik that's what it looks like.

havent checked though so as usual may be wrong!
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:16 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Phoenician Juniper- Native, Naturalised, what?
Replies: 12
Views: 71159

Wardija. To get to the place, you need to be a bit, ahemm, "imaginative" is the safest way to place it. Tip- Not far from the pop of Ballut, the old ones - but on high ground. It's a very interesting place as the "setup" ensures that apart from hunters, the place is relatively undisturbed. It's also...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Phoenician Juniper- Native, Naturalised, what?
Replies: 12
Views: 71159

Phoenician Juniper- Native, Naturalised, what?

I found some specimens growing on rock, definitely not man-planted as some were in tiny cracks... In the vicinity, were also some halepensis which were self-propagating, on the rock(!), and there was also a juniper within an enclosed (walled) private area. So maybe it is self-spreading from cultivat...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Other small bush - bad pic sorry!
Replies: 3
Views: 8282

Other small bush - bad pic sorry!

Unfortunately camera did not focus on the foreground, so you'll have to squint a bit, but some of the midfield leaves are focussed. Note the open seed pods too. No idea!
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Small spiny bush
Replies: 1
Views: 5830

Small spiny bush

I admit to not looking this up too hard, so this may well be easy, it is in any case common.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:28 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Unknown bush
Replies: 7
Views: 12343

I must agree with them also, as there is quite a considerable difference from the pics of valentina / glauca that I have managed to find on the internet - in fact I would go as far as to say that quite possibly it's a new species rather than just a subspecies. But then I'm no scientific person. Anot...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: OK No1 Coming up... more to follow - Identify!
Replies: 3
Views: 7693

hehehe not bad for a morning's work ehh ;-)

And thanks for the id, also of the second tree, your brain must be very organised... and yes you are 100% about the location too.
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Unknown bush
Replies: 7
Views: 12343

Unknown bush

I could not find this in any book, not even Weber's latest, or Blamey's. The nearest Stephen and the books got to, is a Coronilla valentina, possibly glauca, but all the pics I have been able to find of this, show a plant with leaves that are very noticeably different, with prominent veins, prominen...
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: No 2 - another small tree
Replies: 5
Views: 11049

No 2 - another small tree

This was about 4 m in height, in a valley, growing solitarily. Shape was very "ordinary tree-like" from a distance (with bad eyesight ;-) ) it looked like an almond tree.