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Post by jackpot » Thu May 04, 2006 9:09 am

I like this tiny thing
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Post by MWP admin » Fri May 05, 2006 11:18 pm

Is it the normal looking flower or a semi-albino form?
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Post by jackpot » Mon May 08, 2006 8:08 am

normal looking flower (pic from Wied Babu) :wink:

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Post by jackpot » Thu May 11, 2006 2:00 pm

help: flower is about 1cm in diameter

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Post by jackpot » Fri May 12, 2006 6:12 pm

Hello??? Anyone on board??? I thought you all love Wied Babu?? Never met this beautiful shrub? :)

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Post by MWP admin » Wed May 17, 2006 8:04 am

I think I have seen it but can't say what it is as I dont know. It is a tree that makes lot of flowers I think. buq!
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Post by jackpot » Wed May 17, 2006 8:06 am

it is a shrub :wink:

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Post by jackpot » Wed May 17, 2006 8:07 am

....with thousand flowers :)

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Post by MWP admin » Wed May 17, 2006 8:32 am

Now I know with what I am resembling the flower - it looks like Lemon/Orange flowers. Is it related?
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Post by jackpot » Wed May 17, 2006 8:54 am

you are right, they remind Lemon/Orange flowers, but related? Ok, let me say: a relationship like between an Orange and Xumakk Falz :D

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Post by MWP admin » Wed May 17, 2006 9:03 am

So its a hybrid between the Orange and Ailanthus altissima ??

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Post by jackpot » Wed May 17, 2006 1:43 pm

:lol:
Certainly not: it is a member of another family in the same order (to easy now!)

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Post by robcar » Thu May 18, 2006 4:35 pm

From the last clue given, it must be Pistacia, Schinus or Rhus - Schinus is an ornamental and unlikely to be present at Babu, and any way the flowers are much smaller than about 1 cm, Pistacia it is not since the flowers are different - therefore it must be Rhus - Rhus coriaria (I have never seen this plant)

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Post by jackpot » Fri May 19, 2006 8:59 am

No one of those :D (but the are also related)- flowers of Rhus are also inconspicuous...

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Post by jackpot » Fri May 19, 2006 9:01 am

btw: it is not an ornamental but an indigenous one (there are several locations in Malta)

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Post by robcar » Fri May 19, 2006 11:00 pm

I have completely run out of ideas :(

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Post by jackpot » Sat May 20, 2006 9:34 am

The woody shrub can grow to 5m long and more- some very big ones grow in Wied Babu close to the bridge from the road Zurrieq-Blue Grotto, another one approximately in the middle of Wied Babu, few smaller ones at the top of Jubilee Grove close to the fortifications... Fruits are very interesting and conspicuous, remind to an edible Solanaceae which is sometimes used for decoration of deserts :lol:

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Post by jackpot » Sun May 21, 2006 1:57 pm

ok- here is a part of the plant with flowers, fruits and leaves :D
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Post by robcar » Sun May 21, 2006 5:17 pm

Ah, now it is much better - Cardiospermum, probably Cardiospermum hirsutum (= C. grandiflorum) - I have never come across Cardiospermum, and it is not recorded in Haslam's flora so I did not consider it as a possibility - these quizzes are nice because you always end up learning new things :)

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Post by jackpot » Mon May 22, 2006 7:56 am

well done, yes, Cardiospermum grandiflorum. :)

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Post by robcar » Mon May 22, 2006 10:24 am

At what time of the year does it flower?

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Post by jackpot » Mon May 22, 2006 11:49 am

from now on :wink:

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Post by Sdravko » Mon May 22, 2006 2:20 pm

OK, but indigenous?

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Post by jackpot » Tue May 23, 2006 8:54 am

certainly not- introduced from the tropical Americas!

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