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by MWP admin
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:25 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 7
Views: 14385

Did you photograph them from Dingli?
by MWP admin
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:21 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 7
Views: 14385

A recently new endemic species from Malta: Ophrys iricolor subsp. hospitalis (Delforge) Mifsud & Lewis Check profile on website for more info. You will be safer if you label it O.fusca s.l. though because certain groups of Ophrys are better identified in-situ due closely related species (Eg. O. lupe...
by MWP admin
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: ID
Replies: 3
Views: 9275

This is a species of Cuscuta (Dodder) which in Maltese we general call as "Pitma". It is likely Cuscuta epithymum from it's reddish colour, although a 100% ID would require the flowers (tiny masses in April)

:wink:
by MWP admin
Sat Jan 18, 2014 3:13 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Strange red dry bush
Replies: 7
Views: 12800

I suspect that there is a leafless bush covered with another organism (parasite?) which although from photo 2185 it is not the common dodder, it looks at a glance as an alaga? I'm making this hypothesis because in photo 2185, I can see some fibrous mass hanging down from the branches (top right quar...
by MWP admin
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:04 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A Scale insect from Attard
Replies: 5
Views: 14607

Yes Alan, I do know him and also a bunch of other entomologists who can be or are already members, but as you see, you replied to il-pine no one else. :roll:
by MWP admin
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A Scale insect from Attard
Replies: 5
Views: 14607

Great - I had photographed this scale insect too and it's in my unknown folder (nicknamed as turtle-scale-Insect!)

Thanks Alan (also for the previous Scale ID)
by MWP admin
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Elaeagnus pungens
Replies: 2
Views: 9422

Thanks! So are they pungent ?

P.s. you can post-diary the gardening experience in the cultivation part.
by MWP admin
Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:56 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: fungus Ta'Qali
Replies: 4
Views: 12841

Mushrooms are not always easy to ID from photos but for this one don't exclude Suillus collinitus
by MWP admin
Thu Nov 28, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Fungus in a humid cavity
Replies: 3
Views: 10448

Well, I have by now figured out to be a Melanoleuca sp. but not any further. I admit that I have shown this in an Italian forum, with some experts on the genus, and so far they cannot tell what the species is (they just confirmed the genus). I need to make some more microscopy. Now I am getting into...
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ipomoea indica ?
Replies: 3
Views: 8795

Agreed :P
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Asparagus acutifolius ?
Replies: 4
Views: 10687

I still have my doubts folks, although it is only my stubborn head! Two things: 1) are the keys wrong? 2) A. acutifolius is recorded from Malta so where it is ? but 3) I have never seen a typical acutifolius for a sound judgement and 4) past botanists might had misidentified the species the same way...
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Are we sure it is Malus domestica?
Replies: 5
Views: 10769

Welcome back boss!!! We and the forum still survives Thanks for your input.
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Fungus in a humid cavity
Replies: 3
Views: 10448

Some microscopic data:

Spore print: pale yellow (cream)
Spores: subspherical-ovate; 2.5 x 2.0 divisions at x40 (therefore spore size = 6.2 x 5.0 um) and appearing granulated under the Light Microscope.

My guesses: Melanoleuca, Tubularia, (Clitocybe less propable).
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:26 am
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 09 (Perching through the sunroof)
Replies: 0
Views: 11907

No Comments - MWP 09 (Perching through the sunroof)

Here I was in a small cave and about its centre there was a fig tree which penetrated through a hole in the roof of the cave. Very peculiar and unique!
by MWP admin
Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Fungus in a humid cavity
Replies: 3
Views: 10448

Fungus in a humid cavity

I collected this fungus because it was in a quite strange place, a kind of large hole in the ground close to another one hewn in rock serving as a water 'reservoir'. I collected this fungus growing rocky soil at the side of the hole (2m below ground level). I've seen a lot of these now and I don't k...
by MWP admin
Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:27 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Asparagus acutifolius ?
Replies: 4
Views: 10687

Asparagus acutifolius ?

I know that Asparagus aphyllus is very variable, but some specimens (entire population) seen at Qala, Gozo - gave me a strong feeling that they were Asparagus acutifolius . For example, this specimen I photographed had cladodes around 6mm long, more or less equal in size (except 1or2 in the cluster)...
by MWP admin
Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:04 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ipomoea indica ?
Replies: 3
Views: 8795

Ipomoea indica ?

Hi folks,

This Ipomoea is confusing me a little. I think it is I. indica but I don't know, it is not the typical form. The flower colour is a bit strange and the leaves so and so compared to those of my images with broader lobes.

What do you think folks ?
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Are we sure it is Malus domestica?
Replies: 5
Views: 10769

I did some research and Malus pumila is the best guess. All Malus trees I've checked in Malta had hairy leaves so I wonder if we really have M. sylvestris. Its records might be a mis-identification of the past. Interestingly, fruit of these apple trees with small fruit and pedicels are quite hairy w...
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Very beautiful caterpillars (endemic too!)
Replies: 0
Views: 7147

Very beautiful caterpillars (endemic too!)

Hi, just wanted to share this photo I took yesterday. Not a common sight!


Papilio machaon subsp. melitensis
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Very beautiful caterpillars (endemic too!)
Replies: 1
Views: 7134

Very beautiful caterpillars (endemic too!)

Hi, just wanted to share this photo I took yesterday. Not a common sight!


Papilio machaon subsp. melitensis
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Two Limonium species
Replies: 4
Views: 10158

I agree that the first 2 photos is some cultivated, non-native species, and that's difficult to identify, somehow there is a faint similarity to L. sinuatum. The second one looks to be Limonium melitensis from the branching, although sometimes I think we have a single polymorphic species which would...
by MWP admin
Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Bringing Nature to Life
Replies: 0
Views: 11867

Bringing Nature to Life

An interesting talk which might interest the local naturalist.
by MWP admin
Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:18 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Identification key for Amaranthus spp. in Malta
Replies: 4
Views: 15919

I don't know, but I have a paper on the Amaranthus hybridus group which I need to read, however the ones in Malta were always green, and there a was a key which separated hybridus/retroflexus etc from cruentus/caudatus from the green inflor. All red Amaranths that I studied were not hybridus in Malt...
by MWP admin
Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:46 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Identification key for Amaranthus spp. in Malta
Replies: 4
Views: 15919

OK, let me know if you find some phrase which is not written in the best english! The images under the microscope and some species were quite a pain. Hybridus vs retroflexus is not always clear cut and I believe we have the hybrid in Malta (reported in flora iberica for example). Today I saw hypocho...
by MWP admin
Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Identification key for Amaranthus spp. in Malta
Replies: 4
Views: 15919

Identification key for Amaranthus spp. in Malta

Hi, I was working on a pictorial and interactive key for the Amaranthus species in Malta. You can use it from this LINK Please test it and let me know if there are some things to change. There is a little bug in the photo credits (they change text-style) but it will be fixed soon. I was a bit shaky ...
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Orange fungi from the ashes
Replies: 6
Views: 20034

Thanks Alan, yes I have later labelled this species as Anthracobia melalome and put it online:

http://www.maltawildplants.com/%21fauna ... 20melaloma

Thanks
by MWP admin
Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Are we sure it is Malus domestica?
Replies: 5
Views: 10769

Are we sure it is Malus domestica?

Every now and then I encounter apple trees naturalised in damp and sheltered places. While I was at Nadur, I stopped to examine a specimen from a group of 7 trees or so aside a water course. Flora Europaea keys M. domestica from their pomes being larger than 5cm, but the trees I examined had them 3c...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:05 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Wied Babu on a fallen bark
Replies: 3
Views: 8858

Please post images 900pix wide at most because they will not show directly up on the forum :-(
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: crawling plant
Replies: 4
Views: 9371

Very difficult to tell, but I thought of a Kickxia or Theligoium by instinct (the former often has hairy leaves, the latter not that trailing). Convolvulus have alternate leaves so to be excluded too. I will let you know if more ideas come to my mind.
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Recording flora and biodiversity species
Replies: 2
Views: 8369

There is no mechanism for recording records and I have been quarreling about this for the last 5 years. I tried to encourage this through this forum but there was very little success. Usually I go publishing records in a local journal and be guided by the referees, without any evidence such as a vou...