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by robcar
Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:50 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 23 - Hairy Joe
Replies: 33
Views: 56782

Yes, looks like a hybrid between a muppet and a Christmas decoration - where on earth did you find this thing? is it a natural photo - I mean have you removed or added structures, styled its hair or something? I find it hard to believe that there are such creatures among our flora PS - I was very bu...
by robcar
Wed Oct 04, 2006 6:41 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Spiny euphorbia
Replies: 4
Views: 8943

Euphorbia melitensis - endemic - somewhat localised but quite common in certain habitats
by robcar
Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:40 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 19
Replies: 17
Views: 28319

Thanks very much - a very clear explanation indeed :!: 40 years experience in plant systematics seems to give far better results than going around the countryside looking for nice, big, showy, fancy plants :!: :D
by robcar
Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:19 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 19
Replies: 17
Views: 28319

A question for jackpot

Can you please illuminate me as to how you managed to identify this one - what makes a root of Lemna any different from the roots of many other plants that are not hydrophytes?
by robcar
Mon Sep 18, 2006 9:39 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Surprise Surprise
Replies: 27
Views: 42169

Congratulations :hello1:
by robcar
Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:54 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: an ornamental especially for wolf
Replies: 12
Views: 23983

Antigonon leptopus?
by robcar
Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Challenging identifications !!
Replies: 16
Views: 23475

No - Veronica cymbalaria is something else (although it is in the same family)

The synonym of Linaria cymbalaria is Cymbalaria muralis - it is quite frequent on walls around the Balzan Area - a good part of my brother's yard in B'Kara is covered with it
by robcar
Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:52 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Who loves the Maltese flora in Malta
Replies: 18
Views: 40644

Nice pic - looks like you are in some sort of National Geographic photographer or field researcher in dense forest groundcover not a Maltese botanist in a field near M"Scala :!: - I guess that it is some sort of Persicaria that you are photographing - What is the species?
by robcar
Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:47 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: august quiz from jackpot
Replies: 34
Views: 55839

I think that greenhorn deserves the beer not me - once you confirmed that greenhorn identified the genus, it was than easy to get the species. With the flower only, i had absolutely no idea. When you put the pictures of the fruit I immediately thought of Cardiospermum , but I was under the (obviousl...
by robcar
Thu Aug 31, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: august quiz from jackpot
Replies: 34
Views: 55839

Is it Cardiospermum halicacabum?
by robcar
Wed Aug 30, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: august quiz from jackpot
Replies: 34
Views: 55839

YES PLEASE :wink: , A pic with fruit will be nice - but I think I will still have difficulty with identifying this plant - till now I still have no idea :?
by robcar
Mon Aug 28, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: august quiz from jackpot
Replies: 34
Views: 55839

Still no idea - I only saw Xanthium at Chadwick lakes, and did not see any plants climbing over it
by robcar
Fri Aug 25, 2006 4:57 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 70258

Tikber u titghallem :!:
by robcar
Thu Aug 24, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 70258

Yes, it does have 3 pairs of legs just like the adult, which it uses for swimming and crawling on the bottom. Since they are a sort of transparent yellow colour, they would not easily be seen. As Keith rightly said it bites badly- in fact it is a voracious cannibalistic predator, since fellow diving...
by robcar
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:12 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 70258

Yes, Keith - I am sure that you are right - I have frequently observed diving beetles at Chadwick Lakes, but never noticed the larva - I think the mystery has been solved.
by robcar
Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:05 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: swimming creature chadwick lakes
Replies: 25
Views: 70258

Boqq

- however from the photo it seems to show external segmentation, and that will rule out the possibility of reptiles or amphibians - there are too little segments for a worm, so it must be some sort of aquatic insect larva
by robcar
Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:59 am
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: widnet il bahar
Replies: 23
Views: 72422

:wink:
by robcar
Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:57 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: portulaca oleracea
Replies: 15
Views: 20756

Like, you wolf, even though it should be common I first found P.oleracea a couple of weeks ago - along a path near fields at Lija, where there are quite a few - however, I would probably have missed it due to my near total aestivation - i just hate the hot summer sun
by robcar
Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:38 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Who loves the Maltese flora in Malta
Replies: 18
Views: 40644

Person A is living a nice, sweet dream, unaware of the real world outside - I would say very few dozens
by robcar
Wed Aug 16, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Pine Quiz 2
Replies: 3
Views: 9361

I think it must be rather infrequent or rare - I have never found it or noticed it myself - good find - I had no idea of what it was - I did try to look up a few sources but did not manage to arrive anywhere. It is high time that I start looking more carefully at these less spectacular and more diff...
by robcar
Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Lying on the pavement
Replies: 18
Views: 26058

So are you actually in Malta right now?
by robcar
Tue Jun 06, 2006 3:20 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Selmunett Wall Lizard
Replies: 28
Views: 61891

Yes, now that the lizards are in all probability extinct in the wild, a plan to control the rats and rehabilitate Selmunett is about to start - how timely and efficient :!: Given that the authorities have been kept informed about the rapid, progressive decline of the subspecific lizard population at...
by robcar
Fri Jun 02, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Other topics
Topic: Eutrophication at Chadwick Lakes
Replies: 2
Views: 16264

You are right to be shocked - it is worrying indeed - I have been there very recently - in most places the water has now gone, but there was a thick mat of semi-dessicated algae in many areas - no wonder nitrophilous alien plants seem to keep on increasing indefinitely in our valley systems, especia...
by robcar
Mon May 22, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 20
Replies: 23
Views: 34718

At what time of the year does it flower?
by robcar
Sun May 21, 2006 5:23 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 21
Replies: 33
Views: 70668

Ok, very good so now we can look forward to two books not one, one hopefully quite soon and one quite some time later - such books are always very welcome :)
by robcar
Sun May 21, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 20
Replies: 23
Views: 34718

Ah, now it is much better - Cardiospermum, probably Cardiospermum hirsutum (= C. grandiflorum) - I have never come across Cardiospermum, and it is not recorded in Haslam's flora so I did not consider it as a possibility - these quizzes are nice because you always end up learning new things :)
by robcar
Sat May 20, 2006 3:18 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 16
Replies: 25
Views: 38953

I think you are probably right regarding the widened standard, which could rule out T. nigrescens - perhaps the shape of the standard looks more like that of T. campestre , which is also common but which does not seem to form such nice mats as those formed by T.nigrescence, of course assuming that I...
by robcar
Fri May 19, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 20
Replies: 23
Views: 34718

I have completely run out of ideas :(
by robcar
Fri May 19, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 21
Replies: 33
Views: 70668

Looking at it that way, there certainly is a good reason to have some more respect for ornamentals - I like them because many are somewhat unusual, fancy and spectacular like that Chorisia - thanks I now know what it is - (I am sure that they would look even better in their natural habitat) but i kn...
by robcar
Fri May 19, 2006 3:22 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 16
Replies: 25
Views: 38953

I may very well be wrong, but i do think it is Trifolium - as to the species I just put forward a guess based on MWPs clues - there is no way I can honestly try to identify it to the species from that photo :!: