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Scilla sicula   (Sicilian Squill)


Scilla sicula  (ASPARAGACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Jan-2008 (taxon update: none)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Scilla sicula - datasheet created on Jan-2008. Retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 06-Feb-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Scilla siculaTineo ex Guss.
Published in Fl. Sic. Syn. 2: 813 (1845)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Scilla peruviana var. sicula L.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Asparagaceae Juss. (=Liliaceae) (The Asparagus Family)
33 species from the Asparagaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Sicilian Squill

Maltese name(s) :

Għansal ikħal

Status for Malta :

Subendemic. Found in Malta and neighbouring territories such as in Sicily, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, and other islands.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE ( bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc. )
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule VI of [S.L. 549.44] (strictly protected species)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

March – April

Colour of Flowers:

Blue, Violet or Lilac

Toxicity:

Mildy toxic, can cause adverse conditions if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Scilla:
sicula: Originating from or related to Sicily. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Remarks :

This species was thought to be rare in Malta, but it is being found in several sites as small patches in garigue or rocky valley sides both in Malta and in Gozo. In some areas like Ta' Cenc, Ta' Kuljat hill and Manikata, it forms large and extensive populations. Therefore it should be considered as a scarce plant but not rare in Malta.


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Exposed garigue, rocky valley sides, sometimes also in steppe
Botanical Description: with pedicels 40-60 mm, equalling the bracts, sparsely ciliate leaves, and perianth-segments whitish or violet;
Distributional range: from Calabria, Sicilia and Malta,

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Ag Co Eg Hs It Li Lu Ma Sa Si Tn [Ca]

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Species Images (18 images)
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-0.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-1.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-2.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-3.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-4.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-5.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-6.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-7.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-8.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-9.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-10.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-11.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-12.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-13.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-14.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-15.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-16.
   Scilla sicula   -   Image Code: SCLSI-17.

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