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by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: OK No1 Coming up... more to follow - Identify!
Replies: 3
Views: 5641

OK No1 Coming up... more to follow - Identify!

This superficially looks like Ailanthus altissima, has a similar growth habit/shape, but is very much smaller! The leaf stalk is noticeably hairy.

This was not just one stunted altissima specimen - there were many of these, growing to about 3 meters height.

Do your best!
by RB
Wed Oct 18, 2006 10:51 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Xkattapietra
Replies: 7
Views: 43217

Minor follow-up: An uncle was watching me sort out seeds collected for sowing, and we spoke about Fejgel (Rue) and the fact that in old times, it was used for some herbal properties apparently (dont ask me). Without any prompting, he then commented (in Maltese) that "..there used to be a lot of xkat...
by RB
Thu Oct 12, 2006 5:46 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Asparagus
Replies: 2
Views: 4738

Asparagus

I posted this yesterday but it disappeared. boqq.

Any ideas?
by RB
Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:36 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Shrub/small tree what's this?
Replies: 4
Views: 6628

Looks like but isn't, first indicator was that crushed leaves only smell of, guess what, crushed leaves. Looked it up. Book says Rhamnus alaternus, Med. Buckthorn and this site below seems to confirm, especially see the note about the leaves veins. Incidentally this site is malta-related! http://www...
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:14 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Camoflaged with the light brown soil
Replies: 1
Views: 9970

Seems like War of the Worlds material, that. Run!

RB
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Buskett Orange Bracket Fungus
Replies: 4
Views: 23887

Buskett Orange Bracket Fungus

Very nice, been there a while, friend had originally photographed last year. On an oak tree, but hey, you can figure that out for yourselves ;-)

RB
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:10 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: More white / yellow Rusts?
Replies: 3
Views: 10899

Looks like salvia, but likely Phlomis fruticosa, Jerusalem Sage, which is found in the wild.

RB
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:42 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Herbal question
Replies: 3
Views: 5540

Herbal question

Found this in an abandoned house's garden. No not likely that it is native, but it survives total abandonment and little water, and is highly aromatic. The dried inflorescences were arranged a lot like "habaq" or basil, but much thinner. I went to the area to collect some cistus creticus seeds, I wi...
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:37 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Shrub/small tree what's this?
Replies: 4
Views: 6628

Shrub/small tree what's this?

Looks like a seriously deficient bay leaf, laurus nobilis from a distance, but the leaves are not at all aromatic, and smaller.

Bush/tree was about 2.5 m high and rather rounded, on the garigue at Wardija, incidentally I also found some muscari which Stephen probably was referring to.

RB
by RB
Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:24 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 1 week time withou any help
Replies: 22
Views: 36065

I may have it in the garden - but I never looked so close!! Flowers similar, but I also forgot what the seed pod looks like- I grew this one from seed many years ago and now it is 2 storeys high.

If so quite a common tree.

RB
by RB
Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:59 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Xkattapietra
Replies: 7
Views: 43217

Very interesting Stephen, it is good to know that this information will not be lost forever. One small thing is that I suppose Xkattapietra could well be a valid Maltese name also, since (maybe not everywhere) xkatta is used to mean nearly the same thing as xpakka, nearest I as understand it to mean...
by RB
Thu Oct 05, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hyacinth variation
Replies: 15
Views: 15154

It was in flower in March, and yes it was in clay limits of Chadwick Lakes.

In fact a lot of it was in a cultivated field so the bulbs must be well shaken, and stirred ;-)

See, you guys must take up mountain biking, hehehe, it's the best way to find rarities like the occasional Barlia ;-)

RB
by RB
Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Hyacinth variation
Replies: 15
Views: 15154

Hyacinth variation

I only ever found these in white in one location. The plant also seemed much more robust than the normal violet type, but maybe it was the better soil.
by RB
Wed Oct 04, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Spiny euphorbia
Replies: 4
Views: 7162

Yes but was not really taken for ID purposes...
by RB
Mon Oct 02, 2006 6:36 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Spiny euphorbia
Replies: 4
Views: 7162

Spiny euphorbia

Which species is this, that is present in places such as Lapsi?

I'm talking about the perennial which looks a like a smaller dendroides but is relatively spiny to touch (dead previous growth).

Guide books give 2 possibilites, one suppost only in the Aegean, but who knows.

RB
by RB
Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Help me identify this tree if you can...
Replies: 3
Views: 5877

Yo-hooo that seems to be it! Maybe a slight variety as compared to the pics I found on the net (btw - it's commonly called the pecan tree) the leaflets seem to be narrower and more pointy in the Malta trees. Thanks, I will definitely collect the nuts and plant this... I have just the place for this....
by RB
Sun Sep 24, 2006 2:45 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Help me identify this tree if you can...
Replies: 3
Views: 5877

Help me identify this tree if you can...

Large, sometimes VERY large tree (~25m) as the specimen found just leaving Fontana in Gozo on the way to Xlendi... Found in Buskett also. Leaves (forgive my amateur desc) with leaflets, a la Pistachia Lentiscus (in layout ONLY, much larger and differently shaped). The leaflets are pointy and narrowi...
by RB
Wed Sep 20, 2006 6:16 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: beautifulllll 2
Replies: 20
Views: 27397

Those look like distorted leaves of pistachia lentiscus. dunno what gets them (some virus maybe) but they end up like that, some of the leaves.
by RB
Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Gozo calling....
Replies: 14
Views: 13646

hey that bean can be poisonous!! I ate it once, ehh maybe that explains a lot of things

Im sure tal-haxix never put a warning on them
by RB
Wed Sep 20, 2006 10:46 am
Forum: Site Requests
Topic: Site registration, membership
Replies: 5
Views: 13696

I can understand what you mean about the time! Re the levels, it's not so much about "privileges" but about "trust". Right now (correct me if I am wrong) anyone can register, confirm his email, and have access to the plant locations section. Also in future there may be the requirement for other sens...
by RB
Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Site Requests
Topic: Site registration, membership
Replies: 5
Views: 13696

Site registration, membership

Stephen, PHPBB allows you to define user "groups" with varied privileges. Thus you could restrict e.g. the "location" section to trusted members only, not just anyone who registers. In effect access to various parts of the forum could be in "levels" with reference to the sensitive parts. As an aside...
by RB
Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:08 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Gozo calling....
Replies: 14
Views: 13646

a1 a2 dont ask me the name ask your mother coz she probably cooks these.... they are edible cultivated form of beans but like i san dont ask me the name, look in a cookery book hehehehe ;-)
by RB
Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The Blue Queen and her servants
Replies: 4
Views: 10428

It does not seed all that well; it DOES seed, but relatively little, totally self-generated unscientific statistics show that maybe 1% of flowers end up with seed.

Thankfully!

But agree that to cover some crap these plants are useful!

Ronald
by RB
Mon Sep 18, 2006 10:41 am
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Action against Spam on the forum
Replies: 3
Views: 9832

Stephen, one easy fix is to password protect the entire /forum folder via .htaccess Possibly you may even easily do this via your control panel, otherwise it's very easy to just drop in an htaccess file. On the password prompt box, you would then just advise all of the password - You might think it ...
by RB
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Challenging identifications !!
Replies: 16
Views: 18602

Linaria cymbalaria - Common, maybe overlooked, and highly pestilent!! I had planted some seeds in our garden several years ago, and I am still ripping them out as soon as they appear, in their hundreds, if not controlled!

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/t/toaivy20.html

Ronald
by RB
Tue Sep 12, 2006 6:12 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 9
Views: 17413

I also do not believe that the roots give off anything. However like all trees, and as has been mentioned, the shade and the leaf fall tend to discourage competitive growth. Notwithstanding, in Sicily i had the opportunity to see the roots of Euc. trees due to exposure by erosion, and they are impre...