Sdravkos mean little quiz

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Mar 01, 2006 2:31 pm

because I do not want to be too mean you get a picture of the whole plant. It is a very rare native of Malta, but maybe not so rare because it is easy to overlook
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Post by MWP admin » Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:39 pm

Gosh how small... I never seen it. How did you noticed the tiny plant, perhaps while searcing for the dropped coin on the grass :lol:

I will search on my sources when I have time, but I think Jack is already typing the species name while I'm writing this
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Post by Sdravko » Wed Mar 01, 2006 4:54 pm

jack has being banned from that quiz by me. :twisted: By now he should have received the picture with name.

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Post by jackpot » Wed Mar 01, 2006 5:09 pm

:lol:

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Post by IL-PINE » Thu Mar 02, 2006 6:45 pm

Is it Saxifraga from Incita?

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Post by jackpot » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:22 pm

:lol: no :wink:
Is there a Saxifraga in Incita?

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Post by robcar » Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:48 pm

At that size, I would probably overlook it even if it were as common as Oxalis.

No idea till now, and no time available to try and think (= look in books) of something.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Mar 02, 2006 10:30 pm

How many Petals it has?
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Post by IL-PINE » Fri Mar 03, 2006 6:04 pm

No I just threw it :)

There was Saxifraga in Incita......

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Post by wolf » Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:19 pm

is it the smallest flowering plant in the world that Weber once mentioned he found at incita ? forget the name though ....

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Mar 03, 2006 11:22 pm

No wolf, its not Wolffia arrhiza DW - that's really really small! (about the tail of the ballotra on the 1c coin or in better words about 2mm high, rootless plant with oval opposite leaves.


Tha photo shows a simple dicot plant with soliary terminal flowers. I just wish to know the number of petals.
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Post by IL-PINE » Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:27 pm

Cruciferae?

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Post by MWP admin » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:05 pm

Crucifers are usually raceme type of inflor. I admit though that flower looks like a dwarf dwarf dwarf Diplotaxis eurocoides :roll:

The detail of the flower is near to zero :-( I would fire Papaver/ranunculus/Asteraceae. At least we need to know number of petals please! ! ! !
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Post by jackpot » Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:38 pm

due to the fact that Sdravko has to be busy :lol: I give admin the answer: 4
Wolf: the smallest plant has this size: . (sorry, to large!) :lol:

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:45 am

Does it has 4 sepals?
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Post by Sdravko » Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:41 pm

Still looking desperately for Saxifraga at Incita. About the sepals no idea. Saxifraga is wrong but you would not be the first one to confuse both species, ever some professional botanist must have been mixing them up. :twisted:
Will start looking desperately for Wolffia if you do not give me the location. Or is it at the nursery?

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:13 pm

HCW told us about the location of Wolffia at Incita.

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You said that you do not know how many sepals the plant has.... but do you know what the plant is!! If yes, you should know the number of sepals / petals! :roll: :roll:
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Post by Sdravko » Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:18 pm

The sepals should be 4 if I remember it right. I know the plant when I see it, so never bothered about details. :)

So my boss is finding rare plants in Malta and not telling me :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
And I was going to tell him about the Lemna I found.

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Post by jackpot » Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:31 pm

:lol: sorry - but you are right- just forgot and forgive :wink:
Admini: In Germany, Sdravko`s quiz plant could be named as "Hungry Jack" :lol: :lol:

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Mar 07, 2006 1:55 pm

Then is it Erophila verna?
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Post by MWP admin » Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:06 pm

Pine lets analyse the clues.

Crucifers / Erophila verna:

Against:
Crucifers are usually raceme inflorescence while the photo shows a solitary flower. The descriptions I have says leaves are more obtuse/spatulate than those of the photo.

http://www.users.daelnet.co.uk/allinson ... -small.jpg


Favour:
Crucifers are 4 sepals, eatable for hungry jack, and maybe the photo is some week, malnutritioned plant. The world "mean" in the title might be refering to this not-typical form of the Erophila verna
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Alternatively, I had in mind the Rubiaciea Family (eg some galium), though the leaves are not perfectely whorls here
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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:54 pm

Well actually I am trying to remember about tiny plants with white flowers that are rare! And those 2 plants came out :)

Lemna is very common at Chadwick Lakes especially when the water lowers down.

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:55 am

bingo

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