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by RB
Sun Mar 09, 2008 1:14 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: common ornamentals for ID
Replies: 4
Views: 9768

Top one: Harpullia pendula (courtesy JP) Check out: http://www.maltawildplants.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1174 Does it grow? Yes! I have one, check out the pic, seed grown too! The others, the palm you will probably find one that has a name on it at San Anton, the other "yucca" I'm not sure, I can't ...
by RB
Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: Wied Blandun re-afforestation
Replies: 1
Views: 6732

Wied Blandun re-afforestation

Currently in final phases, the Parks dept of the MRAE are planting literally hundreds of trees at Wied Blandun. Thankfully, this is not a line-them-up exercise, but rather an attempt to simulate random natural planting. They are also using a variety of species, from the obvious Aleppo through Laurel...
by RB
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: some maltese typicals!
Replies: 6
Views: 14157

Actually all were off the top of my head and the colouring on the moth did indicate the convolvolus but I was too lazy to confirm and it looked like I could make out a pair of leery eyes staring :shock:

Are the blobs some form of snail eggs?

The pic is not too clear.

RB
by RB
Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:32 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: some maltese typicals!
Replies: 6
Views: 14157

Swallowtail
deaths head hawk moth
blobs :-D
borage
octopus/squid

how'd it go?

RB
by RB
Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:27 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 33216

Another vote for reptile skin on a) - looks like the colouring is correct for that lizard-like thing probably native to Australia whose name escapes me, it has a fat tail, and if not mistaken, venomous saliva. Ah yes! remembered - Gila Monster! Another wild guess of course! I think the beer is alrea...
by RB
Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 33216

Are those plants or animals??

If not cactus then caterpillar!

RB
by RB
Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:15 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: 4 quizzies
Replies: 22
Views: 33216

Your beer is very "expensive" JP, what are those??

My (wild) guesses:

a) Australian pine, Casuarina equisetifolia
c) Cactus, but species - impossible?

I think I will be buying my own beer!!

RB
by RB
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: Open discussion about Maltese flora
Topic: For the "rare stuff" lovers
Replies: 3
Views: 12009

For the "rare stuff" lovers

See pics... taken Saturday 16th Feb

RB
by RB
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:09 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

THAT is australis

RB
by RB
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

...australis to all intents and purposes is just like a scaled-down elastica, except that it can grow just as large as a tree if not larger.

RB
by RB
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:18 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

MWP admin wrote As I said: Ficus is difficult and I did not say it is F. altissima- could be F. australis or another one. 101% not australis, australis has larger leaves which are relatively wider. Don't ask, obviously I have 3 of :-D - from a seedling (last year), through one in a large pot, to on...
by RB
Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

Don't know from first hand experience how large a benjamina grows. I have seen 10, 15ft exemplars but this of course does not mean it can not grow bigger. The one in the garden is appx 10ft and is slowly growing larger, slowly because the sun and the wind do it no favours and rather than the "open" ...
by RB
Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:16 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

Would you not say that the Internet pics of benjamina fit exactly with your pics - altissima it is not. Maybe JP can reconsider??

RB
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 5:35 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

Very simple, what you have in the pic, is NOT what is commonly street planted. I have never seen anything like what you have in the pic planted as a street tree, only in pots. An aside, I seem to have the impression that what you have there does not like too much direct sunlight in Summer, I have a ...
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

Must be misunderstood. Never went into the discussion as to the correct /latest name of nitida but agree with JP that it is not, whatever it may be called, and is not the "street planting" tree. The street planting tree (nitida/whatever) has leaves that are more rounded and a more robust growth habi...
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:20 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 50
Replies: 28
Views: 44900

by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:58 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

That would be interesting JP - please advise details later thanks!

RB
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:54 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: MWP Quiz 50
Replies: 28
Views: 44900

IL-PINE wrote:probably never bothered to identify anything like it
Same feelings here, some stuff I don't give a $h3t about!!

RB
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Oxalis Pes caprae, different flower morphology
Replies: 16
Views: 18336

The effectiveness of glyphosate on Oxalis is very much dependent on timing. If the timing is right, the effectiveness is nothing less than 100%, and permanent. If not, they can seem to simply enjoy the sprinkling. Close to flowering time has worked for me unfortunately I did not keep records of when...
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:36 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

I have to leave it to you that you are correct, because I was not aware that the above was not benjamina, as I always mistakenly thought it was, due to its similarity and wide availability in garden centres together with benjamina. I just was sure it was not nitida/(insert name of the moment here :l...
by RB
Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Carpobrotus
Replies: 22
Views: 20081

JP, do you have any idea about the "smaller" Carpobrotus, as per my posts above? I have often seen Carpobrotus in poor condition, etc, but still the size of the leaves was quite constant. The one I saw had leaves which were noticeably smaller, even now, when it is well watered. Thanks for any info RB
by RB
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:45 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

F. benjamina not nitida. Most commonly seen in variegated form but this type is also common.

Nitida (street planting ficus) has more rounded leaves and they are not droopy.

RB
by RB
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: How to Improve our Environment
Topic: Illegal grazing stills goes on.
Replies: 5
Views: 12373

MWP, do you have definitive info that grazing on public land is illegal? I am trying to find out, asking at the right places (I think) but have not yet had a sure reply. To cut a long story short, goats are grazing in a valley and the last time they did this, they stripped the bark off carob trees r...
by RB
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:16 pm
Forum: Identification of Maltese Wild Plants
Topic: Oxalis Pes caprae, different flower morphology
Replies: 16
Views: 18336

I can definitively state that the reason for the smaller, discoloured flowers with varying shades of white (from completely to partly) is stress. Reason being that I inadvertently "created" a fair number of these variants. I cleaned up several patches of Oxalis using a herbicide, around a month ago,...
by RB
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Dark Green Leaves
Replies: 34
Views: 60992

Arboreus invisibilis ssp. nonuploadus

:lol:

RB
by RB
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:08 am
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: An Ipomoea ??
Replies: 7
Views: 12857

Yes, but sp?? need to have a DB of all the world's plants!!!

RB
by RB
Tue Feb 05, 2008 8:20 pm
Forum: Education and Quiz Mania
Topic: after another long break
Replies: 4
Views: 10585

Cycas revoluta?

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by RB
Mon Feb 04, 2008 2:05 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Tough leaves with a spiny tip
Replies: 7
Views: 15016

Sorry for the "Auricaria" I just can't help writing it the way these trees are referred to (pronounced) in Malta.

Araucaria has not as yet been mentally registered :shock:

Must be the effects of sniffing too much "petlor" hahahaha :-D :-D another Maltese classic :!:

RB
by RB
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:40 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Tough leaves with a spiny tip
Replies: 7
Views: 15016

The growth habit / shape counts for a lot to ID a tree - or anything. It's good sometimes to stand back and get a distance shot. Having seen the tree in person, the shape yells out "Auricaria" but 1) I do not know the species or ever actually tried looking; 2) I may be completely wrong. But there, y...
by RB
Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:12 pm
Forum: Ornamentals and cultivated plants in Malta
Topic: Glimbo's favourite
Replies: 5
Views: 13204

Same sp as at Burmarrad/ Bidnija

RB