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Bright green, delicate, pinnate leaves.

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:44 am
by MWP admin
No flowers, no fruit to help us out, though the leaves might be enough for ornamental plant lovers. I had a first impression on a Ruscus / Ruscaceae, but a quick internet image search did not matched anything really good.

The leaves were very thin, smooth and delicate. The plant was multi-branched that you cannot distinguish any main stem (thus looked like a small bush). I also noted curved pale-green tiny appendages under the leaf petiole (=stipules ?) This gave me the impression of some sort of gracile Asparagaceae, but again nothing good was found.

Any idea ?

Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:26 pm
by Sigra
Hi Stephen,

I am pretty sure that this is Polygonatum odoratum/multiflorum


Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 10:15 pm
by MWP admin
Great sigra - many thanks and yes, it should be that Genus from what I've seen on the net. So it was a Ruscaceae as one of my suspects :roll: ! The names given to Polygonatum multiflorum are Solomon's-seal, David's-harp, Ladder-to-heaven - quite nice, bounty names.

I will follow the plant for full ID.

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:11 am
has beautiful leaves

Posted: Tue Oct 28, 2008 9:32 am
by jackpot
no, neither Ruscaceae nor Polygonatum- it is Asparagus asparagoides, growing in Malta e.g. between the pruned hedges of Ganado Garden :)

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:04 pm
by MWP admin
Asparagus asparagoides:-


Polygonatum multiflorum :-


Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:08 pm
by MWP admin
The Polygonatum has a good similarity to my specimen, but I must say that it is Aspargus asparagoides. One feature is the alternate leaves (compared to opposite in Polygonatum). The Genera I suspected in wher quite close...

Thanks Sigra / Jackpot

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 11:05 pm
by Sigra
Yes, and the occurrence is quite different.

Polygonatum multiflorum you will not find in Malta I suppose. Didn't consider this.


Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:25 am
x'inhi helwa