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by robcar
Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Red Star Flower
Replies: 19
Views: 31355

Agreed wolf

Jackpot's comments are a lovely mix of subtle sarcasm and humour (sorry MWP :lol: )
by robcar
Wed Feb 22, 2006 12:00 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Red Star Flower
Replies: 19
Views: 31355

Trifolium stellatum, family Fabaceae
by robcar
Tue Feb 21, 2006 11:55 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Nice Asteraceae
Replies: 4
Views: 9188

Yes Stephen it is Asteriscus spinosus
by robcar
Mon Feb 20, 2006 8:54 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 13
Replies: 23
Views: 40667

Excellent photo!

At what time of the year is it best to look for these plants?

Is there any particular time of the year when the plants produce these spore bearing cones?
by robcar
Fri Feb 17, 2006 8:15 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: HC Weber quiz 3
Replies: 9
Views: 19108

R. bucephalophorus :?:
by robcar
Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:56 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz for Jackpot and collegues
Replies: 11
Views: 21903

I have good reasons to say that I think I know what this is! :lol: Is it very rare? Is it one of the earliest flowerers of its family? Is it perhaps the largest local representatve of its family? I 'd say that the answer to all the above is yes (I think that rather than four lobed the labellum shoul...
by robcar
Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:36 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Orchis Conica
Replies: 4
Views: 8549

Yes O.conica
by robcar
Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A caterpillar that I never saw
Replies: 5
Views: 16855

In that case you are quite right - and I am sure you know more about fungi than I do (nil) - in fact your post is very interesting. However such species must have acquired the two names "by mistake", since they were thought to be different species. Even though both names may still be used (once some...
by robcar
Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: Insects & Arachnids
Topic: A caterpillar that I never saw
Replies: 5
Views: 16855

Nice caterpillar :D No idea, but it must be a moth rather than a butterfly. No organism can have more than one species name (unless of course it is a synonym), therefore the eggs, caterpillars, pupae and adults all have the same scientific name There are already more than enough scientific names aro...
by robcar
Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: Reptiles and Amphibians
Topic: Painted Frog
Replies: 4
Views: 18589

This frog is the only native frog (and our only native amphibian) and is considered to be common but decreasing in numbers. However it is also interesting to point out that a thriving population of an alien frog belonging to the genus Rana (species as yet unidentified) was recently discovered at ta'...
by robcar
Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:58 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Easy Quiz 9
Replies: 2
Views: 8292

Arum italicum
by robcar
Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:19 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: No Comments
Replies: 19
Views: 55925

I agree with all you guys that for plant lovers permitting Narcissus to be cut is shameful. Yet everything has to be kept in perspective. Mepa is not urging us to go out in multitudes to cut Narcis. It realises that the present free for all situation is unacceptable. However mepa seems to be arguing...
by robcar
Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: No Comments
Replies: 19
Views: 55925

Wolf I am very serious

Go to the mepa main web site
Click- the link Cross cutting themes (top right hand)
Click- State of the environment report 2005
Click- biodiversity
Click - Background note on the exploitation of wildlife - View document
Enjoy the 2nd part of page 4 and page 5
by robcar
Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:15 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: No Comments
Replies: 19
Views: 55925

After aome research I have come to the conclusion that it is almost useless to complain about this craze of cutting Narcissus tazetta . In the recently published 2005 State of the environment report, MEPA specifically indicates that Narcissus tazetta should be exploited from the wild - the term used...
by robcar
Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:13 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 10
Replies: 13
Views: 26234

I can assure you that i did not meet anyone and neither am i enlightened - :lol: I just spent quite a lot of time looking through the literature and browsing the internet, since this very distinct plant made me very curious
by robcar
Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: No Comments
Replies: 19
Views: 55925

I agree with you wolf that cutting such plants is very selfish, and is leafding to an impoverished countryside. Unfortunately Stephen is right in the sense that cutting Narcissus is not illegal. It is not listed under Scedule IV of the 2003 regulations dealing with flora, fauna and natural habitats ...
by robcar
Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:22 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 10
Replies: 13
Views: 26234

Thanks
Sorry for the mis-spelling :D
by robcar
Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 10
Replies: 13
Views: 26234

Is it Eleagnus angustifolia ?
by robcar
Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: No Comments
Replies: 19
Views: 55925

It is indeed disgraceful.

I think it would be a good idea to send this photo as it is (with the people being unidentifiable) to a local newspaper such as the Times with a short accompanying note. We need to keep on creating awareness as to what is going on.
by robcar
Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:08 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: easy identification with this book
Replies: 3
Views: 12009

I will most definitely be buying the book :D . The front cover design is very pleasing and professional. We should be thankful for having knowledgeable botanists who are willing to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the rest of us- keen, enthusistic amateurs but somewhat lacking in the skills...
by robcar
Sun Jan 29, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: The success of invasivness of the Bermuda Buttercup (Oxalis)
Replies: 16
Views: 39134

The oxalis with smaller yellow flowers must be O.corniculata. The photo attached below was taken in May in Balzan.
by robcar
Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:20 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 10
Replies: 13
Views: 26234

Hi jackpot -Your quizzes emphasise my by now very clear ignorance- i do not have the faintest idea, and i do not think that I have ever observed something even remotely like it :( However this quiz is specially designed for lifting the spirits of MWP administrator so it is up to him to think of some...
by robcar
Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:01 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ophrys mesaritica
Replies: 4
Views: 15087

Yes James, I think you are right in stressing the importance of being aware of what has been published, especially the more recent work to be able to identify closely related Ophrys species. Unfortunately it is not so easy for those of us like me who although interested in our local flora are not tr...
by robcar
Wed Jan 25, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: jackpot quiz 8
Replies: 19
Views: 37556

Don't worry jackpot, we are all interested in your quizzes. However one cannot post replies when he does not have the faintest idea what it could be :(
what we need is a nice new book with lots of rare species :!: :lol:
by robcar
Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:26 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ta' Cenc and the proposed Heritage Development Plan
Replies: 9
Views: 26900

Wolf you are 100% correct MWP, I am afraid you are very wrong in your assessment of the situation. As an environmentalist and nature lover you are obviously angry and disgusted at the carelessness, abandon and filth dispersed throughout the site at ta' cenc. Yet this type of neglect, however hideous...
by robcar
Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:28 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ta' Cenc and the proposed Heritage Development Plan
Replies: 9
Views: 26900

Like Keith i strongly disagree :x . The choice is not necessarily between the proposed heritage development plan and leaving everything as it is. The site as a whole should be proposed as a Natura 2000 site of scientific interest. Improving information, restricting hunting and trapping, planting tre...
by robcar
Thu Jan 19, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ophrys fusca and its complex group
Replies: 30
Views: 208849

I agree with jackpot that small continuous variations in labellum colour and pattern should not in general be given too much importance as diagnostic characters for describing Ophrys species. Such features are highly variable even within a population and there is bound to be a certain overlap betwee...
by robcar
Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Dec.05; very common
Replies: 4
Views: 9222

Perhaps Sonchus oleraceus :?:
by robcar
Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:52 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Eucalyptus
Replies: 9
Views: 21924

Eucalyptus may cause harm to local ecosystems. First of all their root system is highly efficient at absorbing lots of water from the soil, causing rapid drying of the soil and therefore limiting the amount of water available for other vegetation. Secondly it is also true that they prevent or retard...
by robcar
Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Ophrys fusca and its complex group
Replies: 30
Views: 208849

Really excellent photos Stephen! The orchid flower close-ups are amazing - such detail and beautiful colours. Congatulaions

No matter what name we lump them with them orchids remain wonderful plants