A Common vegetable or a wild Plant ?

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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A Common vegetable or a wild Plant ?

Post by MWP admin » Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:04 pm

I went for a short walk around Verdala Palace and I met 2 unfamiliar plants to me. One is revealed in this post, the other I will make some research before I write about it in another post.

There was a field which was bare except 2 or 3 large plants with multi lobed large leaves, as seen in tha attached photo.

I am quite bad in reckognizing agricultural vegetables so I want your advice wether it is a wild plant or a veg.

Hope the photo is descriptive enough!
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Any new light on this

Post by MWP admin » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:10 am

Any investigations or on-the-spot thoughts on this herbaceous plant ?

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Large Field-Plant

Post by greenhorn » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:27 am

It looks like the leaves of Acanthus mollis, but those, I know,
are darker green.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:37 am

There is some similarity but on closer look the leaves are a bit different from Acanthus mollis


Acanthus mollis photo gallery
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Post by Ke!tH » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:48 am

The plants are of Globe Artichokes.
They may have been planted in that field years ago, but they continued to regenerate naturally by their seeds.

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Post by Ke!tH » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:49 am

The plants are of Globe Artichokes.
They may have been planted in that field years ago, but they continued to regenerate naturally by their seeds.
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Excellent ID

Post by MWP admin » Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:35 am

Excellent Keith, you are right. This is then not a wild plant but a veg.

More info on the globe artichoke in this link for the interest of general public and neo-farmers!

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