Gozo calling....

Requests about identification of wild plants in Malta and Gozo. (Please include precise details and pictures to help the experts in their ID process)

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Post by wolf » Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:29 pm

Was in Gozo this weekend and did some walking in remote areas here are a couple of pcs....
A1 and A2 looks definitely like a pea family member ( very clever me no ? ) but I have no idea if its a cultivar or a wild plant ...it is a tall climbing plant with a large distinctive seed pod ( 3-4 inches long )
Anyone can identify this ?

A3 must surely be lepidium graminifolium which is pretty rare in Malta but found in some good numbers along the steep downhill road to San Blas

Also nice to note vitus agnus castus ( sigra tal-virgi ) is present in quite a few valleys

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Sep 19, 2006 6:48 am

If its a wild plant, it is a very beautiful one. The bright colour reminds me of the cultivated "sweet pea". Interesting!

The other Crucifer should be Lepidium from google images and ref books, but not 100% about the species, though graminifolium is the one mentioned in Haslam which is closest. How is the shape of the leaves?

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:34 am

A3 should be Lepidium graminifolium. Saw it last August in Gozo in the main street at Victoria and recently in Malta at Rabat.

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Post by wolf » Tue Sep 19, 2006 5:58 pm

no guesses yet re a1 and a2. ???.....I guess we wait for the german or bulgarian experts .....i will be very surprised if it isnt a cultivar

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Post by RB » Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:08 pm

a1 a2 dont ask me the name ask your mother coz she probably cooks these.... they are edible cultivated form of beans but like i san dont ask me the name, look in a cookery book hehehehe ;-)

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Post by jackpot » Tue Sep 19, 2006 9:59 pm

a1, a2 probably Lathyrus odoratus, a3 I would confirm Lepidium graminifolium

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Sep 20, 2006 11:20 am

a1, a2 is most probably Dolichos lablab, an ornamental from Asia and Africa. If your mother cooks it she should change the water several times, than the pots become edible. Please inform me about the taste. :wink:
I hope the plant does not become invasive since it tolerates well the Mediterranean summer. But, if it becomes a problem, well just eat it. :D

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:28 pm

What does on earth the "lablab" species name is dervied from??? Very funny sounding. In Maltese it means talkative or to talk about lots of things without stopping. Forsi jekk wiehed jikolhom, jibda jlablab bit-toma!
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Post by IL-PINE » Wed Sep 20, 2006 2:38 pm

Let us eat the invasive weed away...........

I had no idea about ornamentals as usual.

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:04 pm

well, even though the scientific names are often called "latin" most of them are derived from other languages. Maybe this one is Maltese. :D

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Post by wolf » Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:13 pm

as always Sdravko appears correct on this one - comparison with images on the net ( especially the dstinctive seed pod ) seem to point to lablab ( purple hyacinth bean )
certainly an interesting alien - more so if it flowers in summer
thanks sdravko

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Sep 20, 2006 4:18 pm

Thanks Wolf for posting nice plants. since im in germany now thats the only way for me to learn about new plants from Malta. i never saw that one in the wild.

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Post by wolf » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:09 pm

by the way the plant was found midway between ramla and san blas just below the upper cliffs ...there is a small road which ends in private field ...people familiar with Gozo may know the place

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Post by RB » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:39 pm

hey that bean can be poisonous!! I ate it once, ehh maybe that explains a lot of things

Im sure tal-haxix never put a warning on them

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Post by Sdravko » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:50 am

:lol:

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