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by robcar
Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:51 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What Acacia
Replies: 20
Views: 24858

If flowers are yellowish white, it could possibly be Albizia lophantha - I have just looked up Albizia in the PIN book on trees and shrubs - that is where I must have read that it was from India since it is clearly stated so here - according to this source A.lophantha with cream flowers is also in M...
by robcar
Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Emm... emm... "tree"
Replies: 17
Views: 18942

Can one of you please tell us what it is :? :?
by robcar
Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:36 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Little carpeting plant
Replies: 9
Views: 10641

Probably not common in the countryside but rather common in our streets
by robcar
Wed Nov 15, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What Acacia
Replies: 20
Views: 24858

As far as I know Albizia is "made in India"
by robcar
Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:48 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

Yes, rats are probably somewhat like me - they can swim but would rather not unless they have to. Yes it should be possible to eradicate rats - it has been done on various small islands - the greater problem seems to be to eradicate the messy human rats that leave rubbish about during the summer mon...
by robcar
Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:41 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Is this a native, is this present anywhere in the wild?
Replies: 28
Views: 54594

A truely huge Agave - From the taxonomic point of view cacti and other succulents including Agave can be rather confusing - since they are very popular plants among collectors, there has been a tendency (and still is to a certain extent) for various authors to give new names (species, sub-species or...
by robcar
Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

Good to know that a few Selmunett lizards are still around - so not all may be lost after all - hopefully attempts to eradicate rats will be successful and the population will recover
by robcar
Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:05 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Looks edible ! ! !
Replies: 14
Views: 20198

Pity - as MWP said - it does look very edible :(
by robcar
Tue Nov 14, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: What Acacia
Replies: 20
Views: 24858

I do not think that it is Acacia - perhaps Albizia :?:
by robcar
Tue Nov 14, 2006 7:34 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Schinus spp.
Replies: 28
Views: 36402

It must be Schinus molle - not Pistacia
by robcar
Sun Nov 12, 2006 6:58 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

You are 100000% right about the St. Paul's island subspecies of the lizard which might as well be extinct - this was obviously a case of unforgivable collective slumber on the part of the authorities involved - notwithstanding warnings about the decline in numbers of the lizard - when they woke up f...
by robcar
Sun Nov 12, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

Thanks Sdravko - I am not really a conservation expert (although I hope that I might one day be something more or less like that since I am studying biodiversity conservation) Yes, even collecting a few seeds for the gardens should be done carefully and should be strictly restricted to species that ...
by robcar
Sat Nov 11, 2006 8:42 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

Whilst as you have said I do not have to agree with you, the fact is that I do agree with most of the points you have raised. Of course plants do not choose the habitats they live in - plants happen to end up in a habitat by through random processes (primarily seed dispersal) - as you have clearly e...
by robcar
Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:46 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Should we help spreading our local wild flora at will?
Replies: 38
Views: 48188

It is a little bit late to go into details about all the interesting points that you have again brought up - however I will just touch on one or two points. Your concerns about the fate of our plants are very real and I am sure that they are shared by most of us - however the underlying argument is ...
by robcar
Fri Nov 10, 2006 6:11 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 23 - Hairy Joe
Replies: 33
Views: 48922

Thanks guys for the congratulations - I do know the plant - however this is mainly due to the fact that I have a small collection of succulents growing in pots on my roof terrace rather than due to my knowledge of botany - I had grown this plant a few years ago (and have recently obtained a couple o...
by robcar
Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:01 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 23 - Hairy Joe
Replies: 33
Views: 48922

I do not know whether I am right but I have a strong feeling that it is a detail from the flower of Orbea (Stapelia) variegata
by robcar
Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:43 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 24 - More fruit
Replies: 7
Views: 12941

:D
by robcar
Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:32 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 23 - Hairy Joe
Replies: 33
Views: 48922

Yes, to have guessed Ajuga iva from that tiny bit does take an expert - I have seen Ajuga many times, and have also photographed it but I would not have guessed this quiz in a hundred years - good for you jackpot :wink:
by robcar
Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:28 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 24 - More fruit
Replies: 7
Views: 12941

Fruits are nice too - however my identification skills are strictly restricted to plants in flower - I have absolutely no idea of what the fruits of most plants, even the common ones look like - I guess i need to work harder - However these quizzy things do help :!:
by robcar
Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:36 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 26
Replies: 36
Views: 56016

Yes, except for the reddish colour it could well be our friend Sdravko - when cliff hanging (or doing some other similar dangerous stunt in the name of botany) on a nice windy day, I bet he will look rather similar

Better to be joking to hide my ignorance :oops: - I have no idea what this is
by robcar
Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Thistle like involuvre
Replies: 6
Views: 9580

I am not doubting HC Weber (and Jackpot) as to the identity of this plant. While most plants can occasionally flower out of season, it seems that this is a regular thing with G.tomentosa - HC Weber records this in his book, while MWP and myself have both come across such specimens. What is somewhat ...
by robcar
Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:02 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Thistle like involuvre
Replies: 6
Views: 9580

Very interesting - I had taken a photo of this very similar plant in December of two years ago at Lija about 5 m away from my home. At that time I had not managed to identify it properly - like MWP the leaves had confused me (I had labelled it tentatively as Galactites tomentosa not because I knew w...
by robcar
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: When greed is not enough
Replies: 17
Views: 30127

Again, it is all a question of whether the activity - hunting, trapping or whatever is against the law or not - if the hunting or trapping being carried out is legal there is nothing 'wrong' even though many may not like it or agree with it (I here include myself and probably most forum members) I a...
by robcar
Tue Oct 31, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Beautiful...
Replies: 6
Views: 13411

It must be Helichrysum - is this picture from the Dwejra area?
by robcar
Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:11 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Mass dump at Wied Incita
Replies: 43
Views: 85355

I am embarrased and ashamed at the way we treat our country - No wonder really when the authorities that are supposed to control and regulate matters take such things so lightly

On the other hand it is nice to know that a fern new for Malta has been discovered
by robcar
Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:58 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 3 ornamentals
Replies: 26
Views: 36970

No, jackpot - others are also interested but they are too ignorant about ornamentals to come up with any ideas :(
by robcar
Mon Oct 23, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium species
Replies: 10
Views: 11608

Thanks Sdravko for the ID

It seems that Floriana is the place to go for naturalised garlics - Allium triquetrum is also found here
by robcar
Fri Oct 20, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Allium species
Replies: 10
Views: 11608

Allium species

Could one of the experts out there please identify this Allium species for me - I have no idea of what it is - these two pictures were taken at the end of March at the Scouts headquarters in Floriana - (sorry about the poor quality of the pictures - the plants were in the shade of a largish tree, an...
by robcar
Fri Oct 13, 2006 7:01 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 1 week time withou any help
Replies: 22
Views: 37972

German botanists - whether professional or amateur sure know their stuff - Congratulations :!:
by robcar
Fri Oct 13, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 1 week time withou any help
Replies: 22
Views: 37972

German botanists - whether professional or amateur know their stuff! Congratulations :!: