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Sunflower like species

Post by MWP admin » Wed Oct 18, 2006 1:52 pm

Is it someting easy for you experts out there? It is a cultivated sort-of-thing, and I wonder if it is also an escape/naturalized somewhere else. Found at Rabat/Dingli.


Asteraceae is as far as I had arrived :lol:
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Post by RB » Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:18 pm

Howsabout jerusalem artichoke afaik that's what it looks like.

havent checked though so as usual may be wrong!

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:28 pm

Thanks for the hint... and, hej dont worry if you are wrong, we do not eat owners of wrong answers :-)

Apart that, I think you are quite right after checking on the internet. I also found that the tubers/rhizomes are the edible part. Are they sold as a sort of artichokes?

http://www2.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/pr/garten ... choke.html
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Post by Sdravko » Wed Oct 18, 2006 3:33 pm

yep, looks like jerusalem artishoke (Helianthus tuberosus)

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:24 pm

Is it the commercial artichoke we buy from the grocer? I never thought that this veg was an Asteraceae! TNX
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Post by RB » Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:29 pm

Yes if you are referring to the one that looks like a potato obviously and not the globe artichoke.

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:32 pm

no, the commercial artichoke you buy from the Grocer is Cynara scolymus, also an Asteraceae. sth like the extremely beautiful and extremely spiny Cynara cardunculus of the Maltese countryside.
The plant on the picture is the commercial jerusalem artichoke you buy from the grocer. :D :D :D

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Post by Sdravko » Wed Oct 18, 2006 6:33 pm

RB, you made your post just a few secs befor me.
now mine must say: "yes, the comm...

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