large unidentified plant

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large unidentified plant

Post by Biri » Wed May 16, 2012 6:29 pm

Can anyone name this plant, south east coast large violet flowers and small succulent leaves.
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Post by MWP admin » Wed May 16, 2012 8:00 pm

Do you have close-up images of the flowers and leaves, because your photo lacks a bit such details for an ID

Also, it will help if you state the locality and the habitat it was growing, at least if wild or cultivate or garden escape.
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Post by Biri » Wed May 16, 2012 9:33 pm

Thanks for answering. The site is near Fort Ricasoli, there is a small chapel and cemetary for pesta victims just in front of it, the plant was found among rubble as you can see and not in a garden. I thought it was a massive thyme from a far, but actually a succulent small leaved plant.
the photo was taken with a 2 mega pixel mobile phone.
The plant appeared monstrous as you can see growing densely and thickly covering the ground beneath.

Oh and I found your article on the two rocks appropriate and gave me a smile or two to say the least.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu May 17, 2012 6:08 pm

From this photo I can suggest two tentative IDs:

i) either Mesembryanthemum nodiflorum, but usually it does not make that much dense flowers (but you never now!) or (ii) a holticulture escape of a plant of the Aizoaceae family
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eg. a white form of this ornamental:

http://www.succulent-plant.com/families ... hiodes.jpg
(copy and paste the url yourself becasue the image is hot-link protected)

Do you remember if the flowers had many slender petals?
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Post by IL-PINE » Sat May 19, 2012 2:12 pm

Probably an ornamental, along with Inula crithmoides in the foreground

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Post by MWP admin » Sat May 19, 2012 2:29 pm

Yes, and at the background there is some stones and bricks dumped, hence the source of the orn. could be through waste (eg. unwanted pots)

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Post by Biri » Sun May 20, 2012 10:58 am

I will send a close up soon, as soon as i buy a new camera.
probably an ornamental as there was dumped material.
Nice invasive plant though.

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Post by Biri » Sun May 18, 2014 12:13 pm

The plant is called Disphyma australe, and I saw it again 15.5.2014 and it has doubled in size. Just growing over everything.

https://www.google.com.mt/url?sa=i&rct= ... 7631654125

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Post by MWP admin » Sun May 18, 2014 6:19 pm

Thanks for reporting back. I assume you did your HW well because Aizoaceae tends to be tricky to identigy sometimes, but I think you are right.

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