MWP Quiz 40

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Apr 10, 2007 10:32 pm

Another ornamental, rather easy to identify. Starnge plant indeed!
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Post by RB » Tue Apr 10, 2007 11:13 pm

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:21 am

The latin name does not start S.j. (though I have not checked the english name yet)
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Post by RB » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:19 pm

it's not an "ornamental" either if it is Spartium junceum, although I have personally never seen one in the wild.

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:48 pm

:oops: RB, I have a feeling that you are right!

It was found in a private garden, and believing it was an ornamental, I checked quickly my book of ornamentals, and the closest was Genista spp (Fabaceae). Now after seeing Spartium junceum in flowers (I also never seen one before) on the websites and on the book, I think you are right....
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Post by RB » Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:28 pm

think genista is an old name for it (it's definitely commonly known as that too), so you are right too.

Spanish broom is the English name.

If you manage to get some seeds one day let me know... btw the anchusa you gave me is currently beautiful with flowers, and soon having the verbascum in flower too. Cistus creticus growing strongly, monspeliensis quite some way behind but progressing.

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Post by MWP admin » Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:39 pm

My A.azurea in the clayey soil did not flower yet, while the one in compost flowered but remained dwarf. Not vey successful I must say.

The Cistus are doing very well too, and so does the other maritime plants and chicorium. The Verbascum is becoming a wonder - I am eager to see its flowers. Largest leaf some 60+cm long
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Post by wolf » Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:00 pm

I am almost certain I have located a spartium junceus bush near the imselliet school - see pic and tell me if you agree ...not exactly in the wild but close enough !

this should be flowering soon right ?

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Post by wolf » Wed Apr 11, 2007 6:01 pm

I am almost certain I have located a spartium junceus bush near the imselliet school - see pic and tell me if you agree ...not exactly in the wild but close enough !

this should be flowering soon right ?

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Post by RB » Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:17 pm

That does most certainly look like SJ but as you say that is hardly wild. It is also young. Probably some seed from a trimmed bush found its way there. I suppose that it should be flowering soon if not already.

There are a couple of plants below Tal Virtu, Rabat, old plants, in fields, they might have "original" provenance if not being wild themselves (they are not, technically).

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Post by wolf » Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:21 pm

where I shot pic there is also another some distance off very near houses there if you know the place so these must be cultivated - i have often heard of a few at buskett but never seen them and suppost there is / are one/ a few in wied tal-kalkara though god only knows x'sar minnhom hemmhekk !!!

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Post by MWP admin » Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:24 pm

wolf, mine was taken at Xemxija (private front garden) and were in flower.
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Post by jackpot » Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:17 pm

see Upper Barrakka Garden (or was it the Lower one?) :)

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