Euphorbia confirmations pleeease....

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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Euphorbia confirmations pleeease....

Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:01 pm

I have these Euphorbia species in my archive for confirmation. Could yoou please help to confirm?

1: Euphorbia peplus
2: Euphorbia terracina
3: Euphorbia characias
4: Euphorbia pinea (young)
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Post by wolf » Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:19 pm

I have no doubt about the terracina at all

I am interested in location of characias as I have never seen it if you can tell me - privately or jere makes no difference

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 26, 2006 9:01 pm

Of course I tell you, it is my principle idea of sharing info between us friends! Since it is not a very rare species (eg Orchid) or a species sought for digging/picking, I can freely tell you here.

One of the photos was taken at the Botanical garden called Kenuna, limits of Nadur Gozo. The other was taken in a maquis/garigue around Clapham junction (towards buskett if I remember well)

If you are at Gozo visit the botanical Garden and you find it for sure :-)

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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:53 am

1a) should be peplus
2a) 2b) is terracina
3) is characias
4a & b) very strange!

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Post by Sdravko » Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:32 pm

1 peplus ssp peplus
2 terracina
2 b pinea
next 2 characias although Maltese plants are strange ("not a very rare sp" you made me laugh. its on the verge of extinction in Malta. in my oppinion that has sth to do with the ban of grazing)
last 2 exigua var pycnophylla (sub) endemic to Malta

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:13 pm

Gosh it is true, according to red data book both E. charcias and E. exigua var pycnophylla are rare. The former, I was mislead because I saw several of them at the Botanical garden mentioned, the latter I had the feeling that it was some stunt / young E. pinea!

So now all photo are sorted, except one which I posted prev in another post and had very red lower leaves and stems.

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Post by Sdravko » Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:37 pm

pycnophylla is not rare, expecially near the sea. i thought the red thing was pinea.

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Post by wolf » Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:30 pm

Thanks MWP - as Sdravko said characias ix very rare - exigua is not but I have not seen that either - probably missed it

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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Oct 27, 2006 6:08 pm

Yes, indeed in that Botanical garden at Nadur there are many of the Maltese rarities, such as Euphorbia characias, both Cistus, Spartium junceum, Anagyris foetida, Ephedra fragilis etc etc. Also a beautiful view of Gozo from up there, and you can see a farm with Ostriches just below the cliff :lol:

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:25 pm

OK, I got the pic of which is very rare and which is not. I have this tendency to read thngs too fast! I will keep an eye on E. characias on my outings.

Sdravko, you are possibly (!) right on the reddish E. pinea, but I wanted to give it time for opinions of others.

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Post by Sdravko » Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:34 pm

you are forgiven for your mistrust. :lol:
e pinea is so variable and grows in so many habitats that i have problems with it myself. i have often to identify strange E. pinea specimen. we are lucky :D that there are not too many e. sp in Malta or we might confuse e pinea with most of them.

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