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Unknown flower

Post by xilpa » Sat May 15, 2010 2:13 pm

Found this flower growing on the side of a pathway in a valley and as I couldn't trace it on this website, I am thinking that it is a cultivated flower. Any ideas ?
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Post by IL-PINE » Sun May 16, 2010 9:31 am

definitely a cultivated flower.

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Post by IL-PINE » Sun May 16, 2010 2:43 pm

no idea which species but

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Post by xilpa » Tue May 18, 2010 12:31 pm

Thought so. Thank anyway.

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Post by jackpot » Tue May 25, 2010 12:46 pm

Hi! Have a look in Ornamental Plants of Malta...page 282... :D

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue May 25, 2010 2:14 pm

believe it or not, forgot to look at your book hehe :)

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Post by xilpa » Wed May 26, 2010 11:16 am

Don't have it, but will get one.

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Post by IL-PINE » Thu May 27, 2010 9:42 am

mela pg 282, Gaillardia x grandifolia. :)

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Post by MWP admin » Fri May 28, 2010 5:14 pm

Xilps,

Did you find/photographed this ornamental species in a cultivated area or escaped in a natural habitat (garigue/steppe/wasteground/ etc?)

If the latter, it may qualify to be included it in the website. With very few exceptions, MWP brings native wild plants, naturalised aliens and those which are often ornamental/horticultural/agricultural but can escape and be found in the wild (casual aliens) . However, the photo must be from the wild (and from Malta!) to justify this.
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Post by xilpa » Sat May 29, 2010 1:23 pm

Hi Stephen

I found this on the verge of a pathway in the valley below the Halland Hotel at L'Ibrag. I often go for a walk there as I live very close by. High up on the side of the valley there are a few villas, and I suspect that this plant was being grown there, and that some seed might have been carried into the valley by the wind, and germinated there. The picture was taken a few weeks ago, but I went there today and the plant was dried out. The flowers (there were 2 flowers on the same plant) are nowhere to be seen. They could have been picked up by someone, as this is a favourite place for people who walk their dogs there.

Albert.

ps. Some 10 days ago I sent you an email together with a couple of photos of Lampides boetica. Have you received them ?

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Post by MWP admin » Sat May 29, 2010 5:15 pm

I have a backlog of emails, but I think I have managed to save your butterfly email in the to-reply folder :-)

Yes, they have escaped from the cultivation and it would be interesting to check if you find these specimens growing again next year.

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Post by xilpa » Sat May 29, 2010 6:34 pm

Good idea. I shall check again next spring.

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