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by MWP admin
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Small snails from Magun, Qala
Replies: 2
Views: 9068

Small snails from Magun, Qala

I have this specimen for ID which I have not found in local books or maltafauna.com. Probably, il-Pine will reply - "It is the common...." :P

F'idejk King!
by MWP admin
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:08 am
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: ID
Replies: 5
Views: 12531

Is this photographed specimen also Tudorella sulcata melitense ? It was found abundantly at tal-Magun, Qala. Is it the same as Pomatias sulcatus? http://www.maltawildplants.com/!faunafungi/maltawildlife.php?species=Pomatias sulcatus Are the common garigue specimens usually all the endemic species or...
by MWP admin
Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Tropical looking ornamental tree (Xewkija)
Replies: 7
Views: 17459

Tropical looking ornamental tree (Xewkija)

Hi, While queing in traffic along the main road of Xewkija to Victoria, I spotted this tree in a front garden. It looked tropical to me, interestingly with the leaves arranged in whorls, long stalked, radiating out like a fan. The inflorescence (or fruit?) was at the top, like reddish horizontal spi...
by MWP admin
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 08 (What came from d sea goes back to sea)
Replies: 2
Views: 8085

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Forgot to attach these :-(
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:26 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Centipede
Replies: 7
Views: 15458

From Wikipedia about the Genus: They are active predators taking prey as large as rodents and even bats. Their bites are very painful, but are rarely fatal in humans. The venom is delivered through the animal's forcipules, which lie just behind the mandibles. The venoms of Scolopendra species contai...
by MWP admin
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Centipede
Replies: 7
Views: 15458

I asked a Russian friend and member of the forum to check the images, though I am not sure if he is still active on the forum. Thanks, I will later check the names, though it seems that your source is very reliable. Back in my early teens, I and a friend used to go in the countrside, and collect a n...
by MWP admin
Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Centipede
Replies: 7
Views: 15458

I too have one for ID !

Unf. we dont have much fauna experts.
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:28 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Water Lilies in Malta
Replies: 6
Views: 14868

Thanks RB. As I thought, given there is still water all year round, these rather North/Central-distributed plants can survive in Malta. They are found in many lakes or slow flowing rivulets in Finland and there are species of the Genera of Nymphae and Nuphar Genera that produce ' water lilies '. The...
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:20 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Cremnophyton lanfrancoi
Replies: 7
Views: 20689

Precisely, the top 50 endangered plants of the Mediterranean, rather the most rare. Together with Cremnophyton, thera are also the plant species of Palaeocyanus crassifolius (given as Cheirolophus crassifolius) and Helichrysum melitense. All three have one thing in common (apart endemism, and can be...
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Cremnophyton lanfrancoi
Replies: 7
Views: 20689

Now I got a bit wiser from 5 years ago, when I was in my inphancy of botany. Yes, definitely, Cremnophyton lanfrancoi is a strictly protected species. You might be however confused, because despite its protection, you can find it planted in some sites in public parks and gardens. As the law is, thes...
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: Explorations, excursions and walks in the countryside
Topic: The peril of tac-'Cawl' - 12 Nov 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 20251

Thanks Hulland, well, since DanPav has pointed out some interesting facts about the Alliums photographed there, I might pay a visit in Easter. However I will soon visit the other islet (tal-Halfa) for having a complete survey work of both and finilize the article. Of course, you are invited to write...
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A trifolium that applies make-up on the leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 10276

Thank you for your answer, which makes sense, because the previous site visit on this islet (May2011) I have recorded Melilotus indicus. I keep your reply in mind. At any rate, I have brought a specimen and planted it at home to follow it. It seems to undergo a slow recovery and hopefully would not ...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Explorations, excursions and walks in the countryside
Topic: The peril of tac-'Cawl' - 12 Nov 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 20251

I wonder how I would feel for example at 70years of age, hardly able to walk, after reading againe these erm.. "efforts". Would I grin or would I feel depressed ! :P

It's fun writing sometimes!
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Explorations, excursions and walks in the countryside
Topic: The peril of tac-'Cawl' - 12 Nov 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 20251

The peril of tac-'Cawl' - 12 Nov 2011

I have planned to go for a botanical survey at the islet of tac-Cawl, Gozo for a scientific article about the vegetative inventory of this islet and another one called tal-Halfa. I have surveyed these two last May, but wanted to see the flora in Autumn. The article can be read from the link below (i...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A trifolium that applies make-up on the leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 10276

A trifolium that applies make-up on the leaves

I found an interesting species that puzzled me, and do not recall that I have seen something alike. Unfortunately, the plants were too young and did not offer any distinguishing characters, but the tifoliate leaves on long peduncles gave me a good clue for Trifolium species, while leaves no doubt th...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:42 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Water Lilies in Malta
Replies: 6
Views: 14868

BTW, mine was from Girgenti area. Once there were some at that rather new garden at Sliema coast (dont know the name but reminds me of Hon.Pul licino) I don't really care of plant in gardens/parks because they are cared for by man. When was the last time you saw the Water Lilies at the quarry RB? (d...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: OK not many clues...
Replies: 4
Views: 12516

Hi RB, welcome back on our grumpy forum! Hope you are fine.

A pic of the plant will be informative for the members - only if you have time.

In the meantime I leave a link of images of Hibiscus mutabilis (never seen it.)

http://www.floridata.com/ref/h/hibis_mu.cfm
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:33 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: tree id pls
Replies: 7
Views: 13395

RB is also good in ornamentals, if he is around in the forum... Brian, you can give a bit more info like: Was it in a pot, privat garden, park, or elsewhere? What was the height of tree (more or less)? When the photo was taken. I cannot figure out either and 99.9% it is an ornamental from tropic par...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Family Trochidae
Replies: 24
Views: 59838

Thanks for the info. For me thay are pretty all the same ! (like Ophrys spp. are for many !) Keep it up for including mollusca species on the maltafauna.com website. btw. If they do not have Maltese name, leave the field blank (instead the species name) so automaticaly, it becomes 'no Maltese name' ...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:21 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Water Lilies in Malta
Replies: 6
Views: 14868

Water Lilies in Malta

Nymphaea (Water Lilies) are plant often associated with CEntral and Northern European countries were there is plenty of water all year round - but guess whatI This population is dwelling in a semi-naturalised way in Malta for more than 5 years! I have labeled it for the temporary moment as Nymphaea ...
by MWP admin
Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Toxic Sap of Euphorbia dendroides - case study
Replies: 1
Views: 11085

The white milky sap of most Euphorbia species is toxic, and this serves as defence mechanism to prevent herbivores from eating it. Once I went to taste it and I had a 'tongue-bite' and bad taste for 3 entire days. The sap is very irritant to mucous membranes (nose, lips/mouth, eyes, open wounds) giv...
by MWP admin
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Toxic Sap of Euphorbia dendroides - case study
Replies: 1
Views: 11085

Toxic Sap of Euphorbia dendroides - case study

I am posting some information received to MaltaWildPlants.com from Mary Anne Zarb related to the sap of Euphorbia dendroides (Tree Spurge / Tenghud tas-Sigra) in contact to the eye. I am copy the text in Maltese ========================================== PlantSpecies: Euphorbia dendroides AuthorName...
by MWP admin
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Plant Identification?
Replies: 8
Views: 14483

Hmmm, must be an ornamental - I suspect the fruit was not yet ripe. We wait for the images of the flower.

Puzzling so far!
by MWP admin
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Rocks, Fossils and Geology
Topic: 5 lane cart ruts
Replies: 2
Views: 9992

Yours is also very interesting - I think those of Clapham Junction are 60cm deepest! Did you find these ruts you posted? Well done fil-kas!

It also seems that there are more ruts around the perimeter of the displaced rock as if the ruts had a connection with the digging/rock removal. Very mysterious
by MWP admin
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Mollusca
Topic: Family Trochidae
Replies: 24
Views: 59838

Thanks, cute shape and patterns. As I understand, these are marine snails hux?

Thanks for posting
by MWP admin
Tue Oct 25, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Plant Identification?
Replies: 8
Views: 14483

Photos of flowers would definitely help

What was the size of the fruit (more or less)?

Was it hard to slice open?
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:20 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Save me some time - Ornamental Fabaceae
Replies: 5
Views: 13092

Although the epithet purpurea, the species can have white flowers as the specimens I found in Qala, Gozo.

Confirmed here:
http://luirig.altervista.org/cpm/albums ... pureus.jpg

Best regards
MWP
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Rocks, Fossils and Geology
Topic: 5 lane cart ruts
Replies: 2
Views: 9992

5 lane cart ruts

Hi, I was at Qala, Gozo and I have observed something unusual. There were some cart ruts, which at first I neglected, until I realised that they were not the usual 2 parallel rows but instead there were 5 (FIVE!) of them, all parallel . Further more, these cart ruts had an ending, unlike other which...