Little carpeting plant

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Little carpeting plant

Post by RB » Thu Nov 16, 2006 10:44 am

Not sure I ever saw something like this before, but I guess very easy to overlook, esp when in the company of other greenery.

The single plant formed a patch around 75cm diameter, it was completely flat on the ground (supine?).

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Post by jackpot » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:22 pm

possibly Euphorbia prostrata

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Post by jackpot » Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:24 pm

...this red flowering variety is var. colaflora :lol:

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Post by RB » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:06 pm

OK OK now that's overdoing it :roll:

Yup, that is almost certainly it, I checked out the hi-res pics and compared with some online pics and it's definitely E.p. else some other very closely related E. sp.

The difficulty is that my pics are not so good.

Thanks!

What's the status here, common?

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Post by robcar » Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:36 pm

Probably not common in the countryside but rather common in our streets

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Post by RB » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:13 pm

Mela bil Malti nghidula Euphorbia q***a :shock:

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:45 pm

LOL! Its common at Marsa and Gzira probably

Common in pavements and soil used for trees in pavements.
It is/was also called Euphorbia chamaesyce and seems E. prostrata is a group of closely related species (aggregate).

I have reported a Eu[horbia chamaesyce in the forum with large leaves and looked a bit different from the normal ones, hence could be something different but still in the group (i.e. senso lato). Haslam mentions a certain E. cham. subsp. massilliensis (DC) Thell.
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Post by jackpot » Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:32 pm

I have learned that the var. colaflora is endemic to Malta!
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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:47 pm

:lol:
Well and to show that it is an endemic variety, if you cut the stem instead of the white substance, a black fizzy substance will come out!

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Post by jackpot » Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:07 pm

:lol: :lol: exactly! :D

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