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Post by wolf » Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:45 am

rare stuff - robcar and pine are not allowed to answer :D

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Post by MWP admin » Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:19 am

Hyacinth !

They can't answer because you were together ?
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Post by wolf » Sat Mar 04, 2006 2:42 pm

good start - very good start
no i was alone but i set the rules for this quiz !!!
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Post by IL-PINE » Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:26 pm

No I was not with him but I still got to know the answer :)

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Post by wolf » Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:32 pm

PINE ...you will get MWP in one of his moods pretty soon - he doesnt like intrigue and mystery....ha ha :D

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Post by MWP admin » Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:59 pm

Well, I tried to figure out why Pine and Rob could not participate and that was the most logical reason... Is it Hyacinth?
Perhaps an albino of the common Grape Hyacinth?
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Post by wolf » Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:46 am

hyacinth yes
albino no
clue : forget about pine and robcar - that's a red herring :D

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Post by MWP admin » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:23 am

Interesting plant... looks the flowers are double-form ! Will go into research. I think I have seen a pic like that in the past, either in my archive, or some person asked me what it is by email.

PS- have you another 'more clear' photo?
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Post by wolf » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:34 pm

here's a "clear " photo of the stalk :D

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:48 pm

U ejja! It is too easy now :lol:

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Post by wolf » Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:54 pm

true Pine - I managed correct identification 5 minutes after I got home by just having a look at the beautiful med flora book we both own ( maybe MWP got his stolen too ??? )

Aaaaah I'm being nasty now....

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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:28 pm

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Post by wolf » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:38 pm

WHAT is this Pine - a silent post ???

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:29 pm

First "rare stuff" then too easy - contradicting ! :wink:

Well, i am posting about the book, what is it (called) and by who?
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Post by wolf » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:57 am

out of subject MWP - back to your guessing !

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Post by IL-PINE » Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:07 pm

Seems that our MWP got stuck!

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:09 pm

I am giving jackpot a chance pine ;)
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Post by jackpot » Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:02 am

ok- this is my chance :lol: - not Grape, MWP- but Tassel :?:

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Post by wolf » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:03 pm

wrong jack ! not grape neither tassel
i said its rare - though i found it in two places - both of them clay soil fields

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Post by MWP admin » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:52 pm

I know it wolf, and wonder if I should hold for Jackpot.

PS, you should post more 'sensible' descriptive photos. The stem one was as useless as a used con..m :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by wolf » Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:06 pm

actually the stem was a bloody good hint if you have the book on med flora by blamey and grey-wilson ... best book around - pine has a copy too

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:28 am

I got it from haslam and it does not mention anything special about the scape else that it is 15-30cm high. What does the book says about the flowering stalk then?

The only hyacinth-type of flower in Haslam's book (about 7) with "Flowers off-white" is Bellevalia romanus. On checking pics on the net it matched well with the photo.


Where I can trace the plant in Malta, I would like to have a look too!
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Post by MWP admin » Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:29 pm

I found the book for sale on Amazon and maybe I buy it together with that of DelForge from this site. It is exactly called "Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean".

How good this book is ?

In general I hate the term "Wild flowers" as it sounds not botanically professional.
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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Mar 21, 2006 8:30 pm

It is a good book as it gives brief descriptions of many plants. However it mentions only one endemic - Romulea melitensis. No photographs however, only handpaintings.

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Post by robcar » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:09 pm

I managed to access the forum again :D :D :D

The book is a very good book, in fact it is has been considered as the best general book about Mediterranean wild flowers for a long time. Although there are no photos it is excellent for identification, although obviously many of our plants are not listed, but you are bound to find something similar (same genus), so than you can continue your search in Haslam.

Hand paintings are often much better than photos for identification, since any important features can be shown and are generally the preferred choice of botanists, although amateurs generally like photos better.

So yes MWP I suggest you do get the book

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Mar 21, 2006 9:32 pm

Thanks folks, maybe one of you can show it to me next Sunday for better evaluation. The important thing about Identification either illustrations or photos is how the separating keys are set up. I like the botanical way starting with dicots vs monocots.

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