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Capparis spinosa   (Spiny Caper)


Capparis spinosa  (CAPPARIDACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Capparis spinosa retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 28-Sep-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Capparis spinosaL.
Published in Sp. Pl. 503 (1753)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Capparis parviflora
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Capparidaceae Juss. (The Caper Family)
2 species from the Capparidaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Spiny Caper

Maltese name(s) :

Kappar tax-xewk

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: Nano-Phanerophyte ( small trees to large shrubs, usually <5 m )
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection :

Protected by law: Schedule VIII of [S.L. 549.44] (Exploitation subject to management measures)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

April – September

Colour of Flowers:

White

Name Derivation :

Capparis:
spinosa: Bearing spines or thorns. (Latin origin )


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Rocks, walls and other dry places
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Stems trailing or ascending, branched. Leaves petiolate, ovate to suborbicular, obtuse or emarginate, mucronate, sometimes obscurely. Stipules setaceous to spinose, often recurved, but sometimes weakly developed. Flowers 5-7 cm in diameter, slightly zygomorphic. Fruit 1-4 cm, oblong to somewhat pyriform.
Distributional range: Mediterranean region and Krym

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Albania, the Balaeric Islands, Corse, Crete, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Greece, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Russia and former USSR, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
dAE(G) dBl(M) Cy dGa Hs(S) Lu Si(S) Tn dTu(A) [Bl Ca(H) nHe]

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Species Images (7 images)
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-0.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-1.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-2.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-3.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-4.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-5.
   Capparis spinosa   -   Image Code: CPPSP-6.

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