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by robcar
Thu May 18, 2006 11:16 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 16
Replies: 25
Views: 41341

I know that I am intervening at this late stage after all the hard work has already been done by jackpot, but it is only now that I think I may know what it is - from the list of plant genera that jackpot has listed, I think it can only be Trifolium . sp - as to the species - I find them difficult e...
by robcar
Thu May 18, 2006 4:43 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 21
Replies: 33
Views: 73814

Went to have a look at the Brachychiton trees near San Anton - unfortunately because of pruning, the flowers were too high up for me to see properly, but they seemed less reddish on the inside than in your photo. - there is also a strange ornamental tree in the same public parking area (last tree at...
by robcar
Thu May 18, 2006 4:35 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 20
Replies: 23
Views: 36998

From the last clue given, it must be Pistacia, Schinus or Rhus - Schinus is an ornamental and unlikely to be present at Babu, and any way the flowers are much smaller than about 1 cm, Pistacia it is not since the flowers are different - therefore it must be Rhus - Rhus coriaria (I have never seen th...
by robcar
Wed May 17, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 21
Replies: 33
Views: 73814

I am not really tired but rather ignorant about ornamentals :oops: I have been trying to identify it for a long time but would never have arrived at the identification because I had no idea at all that this tree is planted in Malta - I did not have any idea on what to look for. in fact it is the fir...
by robcar
Fri May 05, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ornithogalum spp
Replies: 10
Views: 17263

Could be that the anthers have not yet dehisced but I don't know. I don't think that O.comosum has ever been recorded locally, so presumably that is out. Look it up O.divergens at http://www.pharmakobotanik.de/systematik/7_bilder/kreta04/Kr041135.jpg http://www.pharmakobotanik.de/systematik/7_bilder...
by robcar
Fri May 05, 2006 11:00 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: quiz 21
Replies: 33
Views: 73814

agree with pine - are you sure you did not by mistake post a photo from the Amazon forest :?: :lol:
by robcar
Fri May 05, 2006 10:57 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 18
Replies: 34
Views: 54766

robcar has not got the faintest idea what it could be but is far too busy to spend time trying to look up possible answers in the literature or on the net - but he is still thoroughly enjoying the rest racking their brains trying to arrive somewhere, till now without much success till now :wink:
by robcar
Fri May 05, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Ornithogalum spp
Replies: 10
Views: 17263

Check out this plant properly - O. narbonense normally has yellow anthers

- This is probably something else - If it is what I think it is, it could be a whopping find indeed :!:
by robcar
Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:59 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 17
Replies: 7
Views: 15557

perhaps Cynodon dactylon :?:
by robcar
Thu Apr 27, 2006 8:02 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Periploca angustifolia
Replies: 11
Views: 31093

I know but to be honest, I cannot, at this point in time imagine degrees in systematic botany from the University of Malta - we have to reluctantly accept our limitations - many larger, more well known Universities also do not offer such courses - I think Weber's systematic botany in Marburg is more...
by robcar
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:30 pm
Forum: Birds
Topic: the Glider
Replies: 9
Views: 33974

The neck is far too short for it to be a crane - I probably think that it is a grey heron - rather frequent at this time of the year - but the picture is not clear enough for me to be sure - the head region is hardly apparent, and there is no indication of the birds colour at all - however an expert...
by robcar
Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:57 pm
Forum: Questions and Requests
Topic: Periploca angustifolia
Replies: 11
Views: 31093

Very interesting points jack - I recall Sdravko saying that quite a number of plants look somewhat different in Malta than they do in other places that he has seen them. Unfortunately, people like myself are only familiar with local plants, and have no experience of the 'same' (or are they related?)...
by robcar
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:28 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59513

Even if plants are on private land they are still subject to the laws of the country if they are protected species. - if they are protected species the land-owner has absolutely no right to remove them, damage them, distribute them etc, even if for propagation, research etc - this would still requir...
by robcar
Wed Apr 26, 2006 12:28 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59513

In most cases and for most plants, I tend to agree with pine that growing a few plants from collected seed in a pot at home or one's garden should not be a problem at all, except in the case of rare plants, especially those that produce very little seeds. Of course only a small amount of seeds shoul...
by robcar
Tue Apr 25, 2006 6:07 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59513

Stephen, most of the points you have raised are correct - My point is simply that it is not the case for personal initiatives not that nothing should be done in all cases - I meant that these are not initiatives that you or me should undertake on our own, because it is easy to do more harm than good...
by robcar
Tue Apr 25, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 59513

I'm afraid that collecting and spreading around seeds is definitely not something that should be done - in fact it is a very bad idea . Introducing plants to new habitats is something that could have very serious consequences and should never be attempted. Doing this can reduce habitat and ecosystem...
by robcar
Sat Apr 22, 2006 10:46 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 15
Replies: 2
Views: 8701

MWP quiz 15

Blackstonia perfoliata, I suppose fresh from Comino :lol:
by robcar
Sat Apr 22, 2006 7:18 pm
Forum: Kingdom of Fungi
Topic: Melampsora euphorbiae on Euphorbia dendroides
Replies: 12
Views: 49558

It is not only we humans who are suffering from the -effects of globalisation - the spread of all sorts of invasive aliens, pests and pathogens is a major threat to biodiversity in many regions - of course in Malta we are not immune from such threats & with our warm, humid climate I can imagine that...
by robcar
Tue Apr 18, 2006 5:54 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Medicago fruit 6
Replies: 5
Views: 10943

Welcome back H.C Weber

Seems the forum is back to its good old self - wolf and I are managing to access it regularly at last, while our expert is back on board :D
by robcar
Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:33 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Centaurea_melitensis.
Replies: 3
Views: 7109

Must be C. nicaensis - stems do not appear to be winged as they are in C. melitensis. Haslam gives C. nicaensis as flowering from April (4-7)
by robcar
Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Confirmation ID - Centranthus calcitrapa vs Valerianella
Replies: 4
Views: 8327

I am almost sure that it is Centranthus calcitrapa not Valerianella
by robcar
Sun Apr 16, 2006 7:16 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Confirmation ID - Convolvulus tricolor
Replies: 6
Views: 10986

No, it is Convolvulus pentapetaloides - corolla with 5 distinct pointed lobes (unlike C.tricolor) and flower much smaller than C. tricolor - i have never actually seen C. tricolor myself.
by robcar
Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:35 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 13
Replies: 3
Views: 11298

It is Allium nigrum (Cuplajs)
by robcar
Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:09 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: wolf quizzzz
Replies: 25
Views: 46264

I managed to access the forum again :D :D :D The book is a very good book, in fact it is has been considered as the best general book about Mediterranean wild flowers for a long time. Although there are no photos it is excellent for identification, although obviously many of our plants are not liste...
by robcar
Fri Mar 03, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A POOR FLORA ?
Replies: 10
Views: 24577

Ok MWP, you are right - After all cars do not really have much place on a plant forum :!: Sorry about the accident - hope it is nothing serious :( I am sure that all of us hardcore members have bought Weber's book. There is not much published about local plants and I am sure we all try to keep up to...
by robcar
Thu Mar 02, 2006 8:06 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: A POOR FLORA ?
Replies: 10
Views: 24577

"It is most remarkable that on these small islands there is about half the number of flowering plants as in the whole of Germany!" "The main reason for Malta's remarkable biodiversity is its interesting and obvious geology, with...." Wild Plants of Malta pg 11 H.C Weber I think that for comparison p...
by robcar
Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: Sdravkos mean little quiz
Replies: 22
Views: 41248

At that size, I would probably overlook it even if it were as common as Oxalis.

No idea till now, and no time available to try and think (= look in books) of something.
by robcar
Sun Feb 26, 2006 7:26 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: The smallest flower I have ever seen
Replies: 5
Views: 9615

I think that you are right. It must be E. peploides (E. peplus ssp peploides)
by robcar
Sat Feb 25, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Surprise Surprise
Replies: 27
Views: 44785

Many Congratulations MWP administrator and Picus :D :D :D Take care
by robcar
Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Cistus spp
Replies: 3
Views: 9061

Is the book that you are reading somewhat old?

The information I have is that although various subspecies have been recognised in the past, today it is considered as one rather variable species Cistus creticus. C.incanus is considered a synonym of C.creticus