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Tropical looking ornamental tree (Xewkija)

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:34 pm
by MWP admin
Hi, While queing in traffic along the main road of Xewkija to Victoria, I spotted this tree in a front garden. It looked tropical to me, interestingly with the leaves arranged in whorls, long stalked, radiating out like a fan. The inflorescence (or fruit?) was at the top, like reddish horizontal spikes. The tree was some 6m tall and could not examine much else taking photos.

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:15 pm
by Sigra
my guess is:

Schefflera actinophylla - is there a maltese name?


Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:50 pm
by MWP admin
Great, thank you sigra - you are right.

I don't think there is a maltese name, but we can adapt a name quickly:

1) Sigra tal-Umbrella
2) Sigra tal-Qarnit


Thanks ta'! you impressed me

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:37 pm
by Sigra
M'hemmx imniex.

L-espressjoni «Sigra tal-Qarnit» inħobbha ħafna! :D


Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:47 am
by jackpot
Hi, I am sad that you forgot the book about ornamentals (p 272-275).

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:25 pm
by MWP admin
Hi Jackpot - how are you???

I am actually more sad with my eyesight that I did not spot the tree after a quick browse in your book. I did not even had an idea on the family to search carefully.

Best regards!

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 10:33 pm
hehe how is our dear Jackpot!

regards the tree, never saw anything like it in Malta :shock:

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:28 pm
by jackpot
Hello you all,
sorry, I was rather busy in finishing another Malta book-
now its done but difficult to find a publisher.
Pine: you are right- this Schefflera is cultivated pretty rare in contrast to the smaller sisters.