I have been trying to identify it for a long time but would never have arrived at the identification because I had no idea at all that this tree is planted in Malta - I did not have any idea on what to look for.
in fact it is the first time I am hearing the name of this tree - will be going to have a look at that car park near San Anton
- there is also a strange ornamental tree in the same public parking area (last tree at the opposite end), with a swollen, bottle shaped trunk, with lots of pointed proturbances on the bark - any idea what could that be? Thanks
Like Robcar I claim full ignorance on ornamental trees though I recognise a bouganvilla now and then....
time for jack to take over here
Yes, wolf is right with the bottle tree noticed from robcar along the parking area. There are also trees in front of Mosta church, recognizable by the thorny main stem, as well as in a nice atrium within San Anton Gardens on the left hand side close to the toilets/restrooms . It is a Bombacaceae called Chorisia speciosa, my favorite between the ornamentals.
Why do I think that ornamentals are so important? I send you some thoughts as an extract from my book introduction about Malta`s ornamentals:
Especially young people do not have much interest in plants due to the lack of information, in times of believe in technical progress nature suffers from neglect. Who cares for that inconspicuous plant in the garrigue or maquis, in the wied or at the cliffs. We prefer to spend our time in front of the TV, the computer or surfing the web. At the most we take little walk in between, or go rambling on Sundays.
But, rambling is nicest in a peaceful ambience, best where we can enjoy beauty. Thus, on a nicely featured beach promenade or in a little romantic park. Well, this is natures big chance: to attract with exotic glory. Isn’t it most important to raise a first pleasing attention? This does not work theoretically – it must be felt, smelled, behold by own sensations. And if we, due to disinterest, do not go to the plants, the plants, exotics from all over the world, just have to come to us. They need to attract us with their spectacular appearance, charming fragrance or unusual manner. Of course, the indigenous but modest wallflower also would deserve the same regard, but usually, if at all, it is the startling exotic ornamental attracting our eye in the first place.
It won’t make any difference to nature how we get interested, provided we do. There is a chance only when man is awake and does not sleep away natures doom. Only interest can initiate care. “Ornamental plants”, therefore, is a vehicle in order to convey a first concern for plants and nature to heart and brain. This, eventually, will also serve the inconspicuous wallflower.
- the problem is that trying to learn a little about the wild flora is already difficult for me and takes so much time - adding the ornamentals too makes it even more difficult!
I did not know you have a book about Maltese ornamentals - some information about it? Thanks
Yes, of course it is enough for interested people but "non-professionals" to consider the native flora only, but for professional botanists (like professors for systematics ) they need to know them (at least to be interested in).
They are very resistant to poor conditions, I have only replaced the 30cm pot they were in, about one month ago.
I correct you in one thing - These are not really easy to think of as "common" street trees, up to about 5 years ago approx I only ever saw this in San Anton, although now it can be found recently planted such as at the new road by the lower entry of Chadwick Lakes. For us "common" street trees, we think of Ficus nitida, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Pinus, Oleander, and similar.