8th of March and its floral symbol

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8th of March and its floral symbol

Post by Zurrija » Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:55 pm

Tomorrow is 8th of March, which in my native country is known as International Women's Day. On this day all (or almost all) women in Russia receive small presents and bouquets of flowers. Kind of floral symbol of this day is mimosa (the reason why it is so I do not know).
In Malta along the roads and in some afforestated areas like il-Mizieb or Armier there are plenty of trees, which are now in blossom and their flowers look very much like mimosa. Does anyone know what is this plant. I suppose it is not indigenous...

I look at these trees and have a glimps of 8th of March here :-)
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Post by RB » Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:15 pm

You are probably referring to this acacia sp:

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~speight/Pictures ... lowers.jpg

Fast growing, but short lived, for which all hayfever sufferers are thankful.

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Post by Zurrija » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:06 pm

Yes, this one, thanks!
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Post by MWP admin » Wed Mar 07, 2007 4:57 pm

The most common one is the Blue-leaved acacia (Acacia saligna). It's a spectacular tree despite the bad reputation with Hayfever (as RB said) and hunting applications.

Well, we should bring a bouquet to Mrs. Zurrija next Sunday :flower: but dont bring Acacia horrida by mistake :shock:
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Post by jackpot » Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:09 am

... or a book about Maltese plants... :-D

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Post by RB » Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:38 am

hehehe yes, undoubtedly that will be longer-lived than the bouquet, much more useful, and costs less :wink:

Hope sales are good, The Times regularly places a good sized advert for it, definitely helps with appreciating the "weeds" more.

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