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by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Well, my bird seed was quite close to Eclipta - so hope I can keep the title of a good botanist :-)


http://maltawildplants.com/forum/viewto ... =9738#9738




Alan's post about biodiversity recording is here: http://maltawildplants.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1845
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Bird seed 1 identified...
Replies: 0
Views: 7791

Bird seed 1 identified...

Hi, I have the first flower from one of the many different bird seeds that my father have for his Gouldian finches and other finches he breeds. The seed is black and locally known as "Skalora sewda". It germinated readily and one specimen flowered in 6 weeks. I have identified the species as Guizoti...
by MWP admin
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A meeting of green flies
Replies: 7
Views: 15733

mwp admin

Hi Alan, sorry for my absence, I am building an Amaranthus key and I am have some good trouble with the red flowering species - I might post them here. I was also very busy with the MaltaWildPlants.com update released last night. I have other sources of trouble at the moment too! I will catchup soon...
by MWP admin
Fri Oct 25, 2013 5:46 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Hi folks, Edwin Lanfranco replied that he recorded this plant back in 2005 from Sliema/Pieta area. Horticulture escape should be a plausible explanation, though it escapes my imagination why Maltese people would buy the plant with inconspicuous flowers. Have you ever seen it as an embellishment in t...
by MWP admin
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A Cicadellid species from San Anton gardens
Replies: 5
Views: 12578

Hi Alan... is this profile fine for you:

Synophropsis lauri

Many thanks
Stephen
by MWP admin
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Yes, I did a very quick and simple search in the first place (to reply il-Pine), but when you pointed out that A. cotula L. is different I found what you just said. (so I fully agree) Were did you find Anthemis cotula L. (which I never saw) in the wild or in cultivation ? By the way, this is a great...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A meeting of green flies
Replies: 7
Views: 15733

I was researching the fly in the last photo (PaleBrownGrayFly_IMG_0031.jpg) and found that Helina depuncta is a very good guess. What do you think ?
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:51 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Update: I checked Grech Delicata (1853) who listed Maruta cotula and then I checked Borg (1927) who reports Anthemis cotula L. from Malta/ The latter describes the species with bipinnatifid leaves and so does not correspond to the images posted here. I also noticed that the cited authority of the no...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:16 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

I simply checked the list of synonyms for Eclipta alba / prostrata from the plant list which gave a list of more than 50 taxa of which Anthemis cotula (and a number of infra-specific taxa) is one of them. Then there must be a mistake somewhere... Still, Eclipta prostrata is the accapted taxon.
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Hi Alan, thanks.... I am quite sure it is not the same otherwise it would be mentioned somewhere that is used as commercial bird seed. Instead it has a number medicinal uses including hair growth stimulant. Regarding records, the species was recorded from Malta as Anthemis cotula from Marsa, Sliema,...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Internet doesn't mention that Eclipta is used as a bird seed, so in theory, the plants should be different from mine, but their is a remarkable similarity in the morphology of the leaves (shape, few small teeth, colour, opposite, vein branching, and assumingly dimensions...) I've never seen this pla...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A red and black Lygaeid bug species from Attard
Replies: 3
Views: 10020

Yes u r right, it's different. I had one old image (2003) and very bad quality but definitely not like the one you posted.

Well we see if we get some response from other members.
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A Cicadellid species from San Anton gardens
Replies: 5
Views: 12578

Many thanks !
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Black and white bee from St George's Bay
Replies: 3
Views: 9750

I know only one enthomologist which I can reccomend: Dr. David Mifsud (Google search and you find him).
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:14 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

If we are lucky, the plant I am cultivating is the same as your and we could have an ID. I know that morphologically, Dipsicaceae (and genetically Campanulaceae) are the most closely related families to Asteraceae but from what I see I tend to side with Asteraceae for the moment. I am not familiar w...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Black and white bee from St George's Bay
Replies: 3
Views: 9750

Wow! very beautiful... I am also curious to know what it could be
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:21 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A red and black Lygaeid bug species from Attard
Replies: 3
Views: 10020

Unf. insects are not my forte, but once I had something similar and placed it as an unconfirmed Scantius aegyptius. Sorry for not helping in the rest of your insects
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:07 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A Cicadellid species from San Anton gardens
Replies: 5
Views: 12578

Interesting insect - very cute. Can I put on maltafauna.com with Leg: Alan Outen and ID: Werner Holzinger ?
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Side note: I am experimenting and growing seeds from commercial bird seed, and one of them (not yet in flower) has the leaves which resemble those of your photo. It also has black seeds! - - - Just a note ! :binky:
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:42 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Grey-green leaved plant from Attard
Replies: 2
Views: 7533

It is an annual plant in the Euphorbaceae: Chrozophora tinctoria, much used in the past for extractinf ink (hence the epithet 'tinctoria')
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: white flowered plant from Attard
Replies: 24
Views: 29859

Hi, it is also confusing me as if something I never saw, either because it's so (!) or it is in strange atypical form (damaged, stunted, 'oppressed' or not its preferred habitat). Nevertheless it is more likely an Asteraceae in my opinion, although some Dipsicaceae can have that general appearance. ...
by MWP admin
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:22 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A meeting of green flies
Replies: 7
Views: 15733

Thank you Alan, I will include these flies in my website and credit you for the ID for that small fly. Yes it was sitting on an Asteraceae (off-hand I forgot which plant species). If the photos are good enough to identify the others, do not hesitate to share your opinion. Thanks for your email - i h...
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:34 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A meeting of green flies
Replies: 7
Views: 15733

And more flies from my archive

And here is some other unusual flies....
by MWP admin
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A meeting of green flies
Replies: 7
Views: 15733

A meeting of green flies

I thought this was a bit unusual !

I think the species is Lucilla sericata, but if it is something else, pls let me know.
by MWP admin
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Arbutus unedo
Replies: 4
Views: 12137

Hi, I photographed mine from the University of Malta, planted near the steps leading to the passage to the campus.

Hope it is still there, it was long time ago!
by MWP admin
Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:43 am
Forum: Rocks, Fossils and Geology
Topic: Fossilised plants ?
Replies: 4
Views: 20036

Excellent research Sigra! Yes, this explains the fossil-like patterns in your images from Floriana. Interesting stuff, never thought of pseudo-fossils.

Thank you
by MWP admin
Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: Maltese idioms and proverbs using names of plants and animals
Topic: Il-Plejju
Replies: 3
Views: 17079

Thanks, it makes sense!
:bunny:
by MWP admin
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Maltese idioms and proverbs using names of plants and animals
Topic: Il-Plejju
Replies: 3
Views: 17079

Thanks for posting these!

What does the idiom mean? That it's too hot already in May?
by MWP admin
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:03 pm
Forum: Rocks, Fossils and Geology
Topic: Fossilised plants ?
Replies: 4
Views: 20036

They are really interesting indeed, but I think they are artificial (or non native ) for two reasons: Malta rock originated and developed under the sea (Coraline and Globigerina limestone) and so it is impossible to feature fossilized plants as in rock found in tropical regions. I don't think those ...
by MWP admin
Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Delphinium / Pedidalwett ?
Replies: 3
Views: 12108

Well done Sigra and well done Pine for the ID (I never seen this species on our islands!). Sigra, you may wish to email / Private mesage Pine and tell him where you found it since I shall be abroad shortly, while I am sure il-Pine would love to see it!

Thanks very much for this plant