MWP Quiz 39 - Ornamental escape

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MWP Quiz 39 - Ornamental escape

Post by MWP admin » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:25 pm

I have found this hibiscus-like plant growing from gaps between stones at the pavement. It was not cultivated here so it is considered as an escape. Later I found a similar specimen in public gardens in Santa Venera, but with larger leaves and darker colour.

Can you identify it. I think RB will enjoy this quiz !!!
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Post by IL-PINE » Tue Apr 10, 2007 8:47 pm

should be alcea rosea

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:02 pm

Excellent, and according to my literature, A. rosea subsp. cretica.
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Post by RB » Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:09 pm

Kull ma fadalli nghidilkom l-isem bil Malti - Bastun ta' San Guzepp.

English common name Hollyhock.

Available in shades of pink, white, and a deep wine colour. Perennial - Sow in Sep/Oct, under good conditions will flower first year, second year will grow a larger flower spike up to 8ft tall.

Some plants don't make it to the second year however. Seeds freely but does not seem to establish in the wild, probably the seedlings get eaten (snails, etc) in a natural environment, and/or initially grow too slowly and are overwhelmed.

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Post by jackpot » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:26 pm

Alcea rosea L.
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English: Common Hollyhock
Main Synonyms: Althaea rosea (L.) Cav., A. chinensis Wall., A. ficifolia Cav.
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Country of origin: China (?).
Found in: Palace Gardens (e.g. San Anton Gardens), also found in private gardens and hotel gardens.
Occurrence in the Maltese Islands: Rare-frequent.
Flowering time: Winter-spring.
Description: An herbaceous short-lived perennial (usually grown as a biennial), up to 1-1.5 m tall. The large leaves are rough and 3-7 lobed, becoming smaller towards the terminal raceme. The flowers come in in a wide variety of colours including purple, pink, red or white...

Now you know why I am so extremely busy....
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Post by robcar » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:45 pm

Well, it is then good for us that you are so busy :-D

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