Thanks for your help!
I have seen the real Common Dandelion in Finland, which is considered as a notorious pest where the flower head is larger and the *= ball of pappus is really nice, globular and large, with chicken-leg-like seeds.
I do not know why you have selected this plant to study since of its scarcity/absence on the islands. In case you do not find it, the best thing to do is to cultivate it on your own (and under strict control because Malta does NOT require the introduction of another notorious weed) :
1) Check local shops if they sell it as seeds (probably not)
2) Clean hands/slower - Get permission from Univ to order a packet of seeds from abroad.
3) Dirty hands/faster - Ask some friends/relatives abroad to send you a packet by reg post enclosed in some Xmas card !! (I think I should delete point 3 !)
Good luck, and would be nice to mention the forum for the help u get in your references! [NB: It is Free of charge / posts by experts / easy / fast / possible to debate ! ]
Invite your tutor to join here as well (The more the merrier)
keep us informed
ps...exciting new post on the way ...watch this space !!!!
I would suggest Melissa officinalis (a bit of a challenge to find it and so perhaps not much researched) or of course the always medicinally famous and plenty - Borago officinalis. There are plenty of more examples like Sisymbrium officnale, Satureja microphylla, Fumaria officinalis, Papaver somniferum, and many Lamiaceae species. And again these are few examples from the variety offered by the Maltese flora.
I would also suggest a different title (despite it may be too late to change) but might make u a millionair in Malta! New Thesis Title: How to eridicate Oxalis pes-caprae!
Cheers ! !
I could not find any info.
Looking at the officinale, if you asked me whethere I have ever seen this plant, my default answer would have been "yes of course" before reading this thread.
So what plant do we have here that resembles officinale so much?