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by D. Cilia
Fri Feb 01, 2008 3:27 pm
Forum: News + Announcements
Topic: Maltawildplants.com on the Times again
Replies: 11
Views: 20475

prosit stephen! asplenium got mentioned as well. were there photos of the discoveries in the printed edition?
by D. Cilia
Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 59702

OK, I found the thread about Ceterach officinarum here. Beautiful plant, hope to see it someday.

Pteridium is listed in Lanfranco's Nature In Gozo as very rare and possibly extinct, but reported from Rdum il-Kbir. There are photographs as well though I presume they are of garden specimens.
by D. Cilia
Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 59702

RB, here is what I was talking about (Cyrtomium falcatum):

Image
by D. Cilia
Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A nest of rare primitives was found
Replies: 25
Views: 59702

RB, I too have a specimen of the species you are probably talking about, though its name eludes me. The leaves have a particular jagged shape which is not strictly symmetrical, is that the one? I remember seeing it in a known Qormi garden shop as well some years ago. As for the Asplenium trichomanes...
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Sharing some common plants
Replies: 1
Views: 12790

Sharing some common plants

Just wanted to share some pictures I took... nothing rare or special, but then beauty does not have to be rare! These were all taken in Gozo last November if I remember well. P.S. My photography is of course no match to that of Stephen or anyone else for that matter, but I still hope that you enjoy ...
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:55 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 04 (I believe in Elves!)
Replies: 2
Views: 11494

Is that lichen Xanthoria? Looks different from the quasi-circular shape it assumes usually.

Indeed a wonderful home for a gnome! (or elf, or ogre or whatever)
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:53 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 05 ('S'lippery !!!)
Replies: 2
Views: 11526

Beautiful and very interesting picture of a clay 'talus' (slope) which of course look much more smooth and solid in winter, due to the presence of water which makes the clay 'flow' to a certain degree. The contrast can be seen during the summer when the slope dries up and becomes marked by huge crac...
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The 21st Century Oxalis pes-caprae
Replies: 12
Views: 38097

The first picture is immensely ironic and almost ominous. Tropaeolum, Oxalis and Ricinus all within a few metres of each other!
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Persicaria lanigera?
Replies: 20
Views: 25798

That is one beautiful shrub!
by D. Cilia
Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Viva Hal-Qormi!
Replies: 4
Views: 17278

The skull and cross add such a nice touch...
by D. Cilia
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:07 am
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: Viva Hal-Qormi!
Replies: 4
Views: 17278

BAHAHA! Only in Malta!
by D. Cilia
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 26347

I'd like to add that plants like these are very weak in the wild and tend to die out after very few generations, since the white part is unable to synthesize the food necessary from sunlight.

So perhaps Stephen you *must* take some seeds for posterity :P
by D. Cilia
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:46 pm
Forum: No Comments Corner
Topic: No Comments - MWP 02
Replies: 13
Views: 26347

Is that Scilla? Doesn't look like virus or damage since the leaves look healthy despite the colour (and viral variegation produces a mosaic pattern, not perfectly delineated stripes)... I would say it's some kind of very slight genetic variation ('chimaeral variegation'). Agreed, lovely picture!
by D. Cilia
Thu Jan 17, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Lycosa narborensis?
Replies: 14
Views: 36684

Your specimen was probably immature as the adult body-length of P. paykulli is 9 - 12 mm, while that of Aelurillus schembrii is about 4mm. Davdand Wow... 12mm must look huge for a salticid, especially compared to the usual Hasarius in our houses... Another photo of P. paykulli : http://www.gsd-salt...
by D. Cilia
Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:23 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Lycosa narborensis?
Replies: 14
Views: 36684

That's some great new info, thanks! I found one exactly like it a couple of weeks ago at Lower Barrakka, around 6mm in length. So I'd guess Aelurillus is smaller than that.
by D. Cilia
Tue Jan 15, 2008 11:01 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Lovely fungus
Replies: 16
Views: 44349

No special hosts, but it seems to prefer grassy garigue or karst.
by D. Cilia
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:03 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 11698

Thanks to both of you, 104% :-D
by D. Cilia
Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:04 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 11698

Qaqocc is Cynara. But many of the prickly asters have similar leaves and ID is quite difficult at times, especially when the flower has not appeared yet. The choice between Cynara, Silybum and Centaurea is what actually prompted my question!
by D. Cilia
Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 11698

The first picture should be after the second one. My error.
by D. Cilia
Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:27 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Silybum marianum (?) and something else
Replies: 7
Views: 11698

Silybum marianum (?) and something else

Can anyone confirm whether the first picture is the determined species (Silybum marianum)? A lot of these plants look very much alike and they tend to be somewhat confusing! I would also like to know the name of the plant in the second picture. It seems to be quite common in hedges and public garden...
by D. Cilia
Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:08 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Idea to help Malta control illegal trapping / hunting
Replies: 26
Views: 62127

50 euros are not bad, but I think we need to stop this notion that everything looks better with money involved. One should just report illegal trappers because it's the RIGHT thing to do, not because there is some material gain waiting to be collected. However it's still a plausible incentive. Perha...
by D. Cilia
Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:03 am
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Not so lovely yellow mushroom
Replies: 25
Views: 56795

You are right in that it would be a problem if all Maltese suddenly started doing it, but after all (as someone said before) mushroom picking is not in our culture, so I doubt that it will become so in this age of supermarkets and specialized vegetable departments. If I was 100% positive that a mush...
by D. Cilia
Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:11 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Not so lovely yellow mushroom
Replies: 25
Views: 56795

Guys that's a Pine boletus; Suillus collinitus Exactly. I remember huge quantities of those growing in a pine grove at Tal-Virtu', Rabat, as well as in the garden next to SP Boffa Hospital at Floriana. If we start picking those mushrooms in my opinion we'll be starting to act like hunters. Not real...
by D. Cilia
Mon Jan 07, 2008 6:34 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Lovely fungus
Replies: 16
Views: 44349

Definitely Colus hirudinosus, very nice photo. Was that picture taken in the morning? I don't see any flies buzzing around it yet :)
by D. Cilia
Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:53 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Cute beast
Replies: 8
Views: 16700

Thank you!
by D. Cilia
Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:53 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Large spider (not my wife's favourite!)
Replies: 6
Views: 15488

Scary pedipalps, and the four pairs of eyes are just visible. Awesome stuff 8)
by D. Cilia
Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:44 am
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Cute beast
Replies: 8
Views: 16700

First guess is correct! An amazing place for scientific endeavors of all kinds: ecological, botanical and geological. Here's the proper image for better viewing:
by D. Cilia
Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Cute beast
Replies: 8
Views: 16700

MWP admin wrote:Cilia, can you confirm the Genus at least, that is do you think it is Pentodon spp.?
No! As I said it looks like Pentodon mostly, but the thorax is far larger. The 'dog crap' might be just a coincidence because as far as I know 'crap-eating' scarabs only use herbivore dung for lunch :lol:
by D. Cilia
Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:08 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: Cute beast
Replies: 8
Views: 16700

A species of scarab for sure; looks like Pentodon bidens but the thorax is too large for that. But there are about 30 indigenous species here so you won't run out of possibilities so soon :)
by D. Cilia
Wed Dec 05, 2007 7:09 am
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: sale of rare Maltese fossil for a hefty sum
Replies: 10
Views: 28129

MWP admin wrote:At least he should remove Maltese and write Mediterranean fossil!
There you have the problem of making the fossil scientifically quite useless. But your point is understandable.