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by MWP admin
Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Rosa sp.
Replies: 0
Views: 8321

Rosa sp.

Rosa virginiana ? becasue it has pedicels with glandular/hispid hair. However, this species should be at most 2m high, while this one was climbing along a wall of a house up to 4-5 metres.
by MWP admin
Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:37 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: yellow Iris
Replies: 0
Views: 8201

yellow Iris

I assume that this species was naturalised from cultivation. I could not figure out the species. The leaves are not ensiform, and according FLora Europae, the only yellow flowering Iris without sword-shaped leaves is IRis Juncea, but the description says that the leaves are up to 3mm wide, and I thi...
by MWP admin
Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:58 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Are Fresia posoinous to bees?
Replies: 4
Views: 14650

Maybe it's again Foxy the dog (remember !)


I have found about 10 in total, but the bulk was in March. Could be they drowned during rain?
by MWP admin
Mon Mar 21, 2011 9:30 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Are Fresia posoinous to bees?
Replies: 4
Views: 14650

If you need further observation, let me know. I will help as faras I can!.
by MWP admin
Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:17 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: The Valentine Orchid
Replies: 5
Views: 15269

The 3rd one (well spotted) was their child :-)
by MWP admin
Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:29 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ballota or Marrubium(!) ?
Replies: 3
Views: 9267

I read some floras about the 2 species this morning and seems that Ballota could be hairy too. It also seems that Marrubium usually do not have long petioles and the smell is pleasant-scented. Characters hence point to Ballota, but you can of course comment your thoughts too. If I find time, I reche...
by MWP admin
Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ballota or Marrubium(!) ?
Replies: 3
Views: 9267

Ballota or Marrubium(!) ?

I found a Ballota-looking plant but it was whitish because of the dense and long white hairs it had. I was hence wondering if it could be the very rare white horehound - Marrubium vulgare, instead the black horehound (Ballota nigra). The latter is described not to be that hairy, but I know that exce...
by MWP admin
Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Are Fresia posoinous to bees?
Replies: 4
Views: 14650

Are Fresia posoinous to bees?

Hi,

Pure curiosity - it seems that my Fresias are toxic to bees because I am finding several flowers with bees dead inside.

Have you heard something like that?
by MWP admin
Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

I came back Monday night but unfortunately in the short time I had, I was absorbed by the vascular flora, and as you can immagine it was rich and very beautiful. I barely had time to visit the city! I have neglected mosses, ferns and fauna completely, and still working through my photo load of plants.
by MWP admin
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: An aquatic plant (never seen one alike)
Replies: 5
Views: 13013

Like pine, I have no idea. Could be something uninteresting as Ammi majus or could be something more interesting. The shape of the leaves are quite peculiar, and although not sure, it seems to be an semi-aquatic plant :roll:
by MWP admin
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

Thanks a lot valerandii, I am also convinced about B. donianum. Mosses are not well studied and the hard work and eye straining are likely to be rewarded by excellent discoveries like yours. Keep it up and well done. If you need some 'professional' (kind of!) photos I do them for you with all pleasu...
by MWP admin
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: Publish your articles
Topic: Opuntia fragilis in British Columbia Canada Fragile prickly
Replies: 1
Views: 18298

Here are some image by our member Elisabeth parnis regarding the article above.
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A big Ranunculus ...
Replies: 2
Views: 8259

The achenes are identical to R. muricatus in fact, but it was so large, stocky and bulky (beside it there is a Borago to compare with). well, so far I thinkt that muricatus is the best match.
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Is this Centaurea nicaeensis?
Replies: 2
Views: 8311

Is this Centaurea nicaeensis?

This should be C. nicaeensis, but somehow it looked different from the norm - very erect, without branches. No mature flowers yet.
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:53 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: A big Ranunculus ...
Replies: 2
Views: 8259

A big Ranunculus ...

As local botanists know, there is a goup of related yellow flowering ranunculus growing in damp areas such as beside valleys with a stocky habit and large leaves. Three (or four) species are closely related R. bulbosus s.l R. macrophyllus R. sardous (R. trilobus) If not mistaken, all specimens i che...
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:27 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: An aquatic plant (never seen one alike)
Replies: 5
Views: 13013

An aquatic plant (never seen one alike)

I have some interesting plants for ID and usually I try to solve them on my own, but I am so busy atm that maybe i should take the opportunity to share them with you... Mela, this specimen (and several othere scattered in low numbers) was found in a valley bed with shllow water. I cannot recall to s...
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: blue flower
Replies: 4
Views: 10497

Xilpa, there are also purple-coloured, half-purple half blue and white (albinos). Check the website profile for this plant - I think there are all varieties immaginable!

www.maltawildplants.com/BORG/Borago_officinalis.php

:idea:
by MWP admin
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

Hi Val... as by now you know, I am a quite stubborn when investigating a species, so I went again to Xewkija. I have fresh material, which probably will remove many doubts. I have photos of the habit, habitat, dry leaves and magnified image of the leaves in situ. The latter show a kind of yellowish ...
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

Hi valerandii - sorry for late replies. Watching those 2 pics, they are so different and for sure 'my' plants look almost the same as B. donianum as you suggested, but an automatic question comes in mind - if they are so different, why the keys uses microscopic and ambiguous characters like the marg...
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:05 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: The Valentine Orchid
Replies: 5
Views: 15269

It might be a bit out of place to write this here, but I just found a specimen with abnormally large lips (12x13mm) and somehow more robust/large plant compared to the norm in Malta.

Did someone encounter such 'largish' specimens?
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: 'Grren H' beetle
Replies: 3
Views: 10929

Yes Xilpa, you were on the good track re Cassida sp. as in fact I think it was Cassida vittata and I was going soon to put it on the fauna page which is going an update related to info given.


What particular group of insects you are really fond of?
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Spergularia and bracts
Replies: 16
Views: 34817

This is another Spergularia so different from the first group of photos. Small prostrate plants with triangular stipules ending with a ery pointed, sub-acuminate tip. The specimen above (starting this post) had a much more wider stipule. Only 2 flowers were present and no seeds. The habitat was a da...
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Fissidens incurva ?
Replies: 2
Views: 9532

Thanks, quite glad to get it right. I must make a correction, the capule is smaller, 0.5-1.0mm long.
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:25 am
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Fissidens incurva ?
Replies: 2
Views: 9532

Fissidens incurva ?

Moss of the week! I hope I got it right despite the Genus relies on very ambiguous characters such as the margin of the leaf. Well, i have identified this as Fissidens incurva. it was lying on lowr parts of a Rubble wall in an a clump of accumulated soil. It was shetered, partially shaded, not very ...
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

Here's some more photos: Now I should have replied questions 1,2,3 in this post and 3,4 in the previous. In my little knowledge, I do not think it is B. capillare group. At first I tghought about B. intermedium because of the 'dark' margin, but as i said that could be jut a revoluted margin, and act...
by MWP admin
Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Spergularia and bracts
Replies: 16
Views: 34817

Thanks, yes i meant marina not maritima.

What do you think is meant by key 4a? The stipules are found half the length of the plant or they are half as long as wide?
by MWP admin
Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

I will follow the instructions given shortly. In the meantime here is some more information: It was found lying on Coraline Limestone in a partially shaded area (more shaded than exposed), sheltered by Olive trees and high level of moisture due the presence of dense undergrowth vegetation under the ...
by MWP admin
Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Spergularia and bracts
Replies: 16
Views: 34817

Bocconii, bocconei, boconi.... even the epithet is misleading, anyway... http://www.maltawildplants.com/CRYO/Spergularia_bocconei.php Yes, as you said, the specimen with 9-10 stamens is very interesting. I think I remember where I photographed it, somewhere at Ghasri. I think I followed flora europa...
by MWP admin
Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Tortula muralis
Replies: 6
Views: 14691

I have on my book that Timmiaceae leaves are unistratose at upper part, cells quadrate, smooth or with scattered papillae , while for Pottiaceae, upper leaf margins entire, leaf cells densely papillose or bistratose. So the opaque part of the leaf could be because of the papillae or double-layered c...
by MWP admin
Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Bryophytes
Topic: Bryum caespiticum
Replies: 12
Views: 43862

Bryum caespiticum

This should be Byrum caespiticium.