MaltaWildPlants.com by Stephen Mifsud
 
     
   21 Sep 2021      ()
External Links:
 


Romulea variicolor   (Maltese Sand Crocus)


Romulea variicolor  (IRIDACEAE.) 
Images for this profile are taken from the Maltese Islands prior year 2000.

Page Contents + Links

 
General Information Species Images
External Links Support and sales
Submit information Facebook community
Sponsors & Adverts Copyright notes
Iridaceae Index Plant Family Index
 
This profile is brought to you by one of the website's sponsors.
[read more...]
Profile Date Jan-2007 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Romulea variicolor retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 21-Sep-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Romulea variicolorMifsud
Published in Mifsud, Webbia 70(2): 257 (2015).

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

No Main Synonyms

Plant Family :

Iridaceae Juss. (The Iris Family)
23 species from the Iridaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Maltese Sand Crocus

Maltese name(s) :

Status for Malta :

Subendemic. Found in Malta and neighbouring territories such as in Sicily, Lampedusa, Pantelleria, and other islands.

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent    Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE ( bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc. )
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected at present

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

February – March

Colour of Flowers:

Violet or Lilac

Name Derivation :

Romulea: A Genus named for Romulus, a legendary leader of the Romans and founder of Rome. (Roman origin )
variicolor:

Remarks :

Described in 2015 for plants previously referred to as Romulea ramiflora. Three varieties have been ascribed, var. mirandae having the lower surface of the tepals completely green; var. martynii having them completely violet and var. variicolor with intermixed violet and green colours, amongst other minor differences. Romulea ramiflora differs primarily in having slightly smaller and less variable flowers with a distinct yellow throat, leaves erect and longer flowering stalks. R. variicolor is amongst the most variable Meidterranean Romulea speices, although all individuals have a white or whitish throat and probably had evolved from the closely Sicilian-endemic R. linaresii.


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Exposed rocky ground, footpaths, unvegitated or low garigue temporarily flooded rock pools.
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Sicily and/or Malta

Links & Further literature (4 papers)

Google Web

Google Images

Google Scholar

Research Gate

Wikipedia

JSTOR

GBIF

Med Checklist

Cat. of Life

EoL

IPNI

World Flora Online

NYBG

Vienna Virt. Hb.

RBGE

KEW

MNHN

Arkive

IUCN

CABI
A review of Romulea Maratti (Iridaceae) in the Maltese Islands Stephen Mifsud  (2015)
Rediscovery and taxonomic analysis of Romulea melitensis (Iridaceae) from the Maltese islands Stephen Mifsud  (2021)
Assessment of Romulea variicolor for IUCN Redlist Stephen Mifsud  (2018)
Synopsis of Romulea (Fam. Iridaceae) on the Maltese Islands (Poster presentation for XV Optima Meeting) Stephen Mifsud  (2016)
Kindly Email if there are papers and publications about local studies or information about this species to be included in the list above.

Species Images (28 images)
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-0.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-1.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-2.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-3.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-4.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-5.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-6.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-7.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-8.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-9.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-10.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-11.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-12.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-13.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-14.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-15.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-16.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-17.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-18.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-19.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-20.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-21.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-22.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-23.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-24.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-25.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-26.
   Romulea variicolor   -   Image Code: RMLVC-27.

Buy Seeds and Docs
Sales of seeds of wild plants for academic studies, research or personal use. Note that not all species seeds can be exported - depending on Maltese regulations and CITES, and availability depends on season. You are hence kindly requested to first fill and submit a quotation form by which you will get confirmation of the purchase, availability and charges. Currently local orders are not taken.   Online Quotation (Seeds)

  Online Purchase (Seeds)
Buy images found in this large online collection of Maltese flora photographed by the author (Stephen Mifsud). Prices reasonable and rated differently according size and resolution. Buying images for your projects will support this website. When placing an order please take note of the image code specific for every image in the corresponding species webpage (found beneath each individual photo) since this is required when filling the online ordering form. Images are normally sold as a license with the copyright reserved to the author, but sales of copyright of exceptional images can be considered.   Online Purchase (Images)
Kindly consider to support this website by giving a small donation. This will help to cover some expenses needed to maintain the website and its further development without and tedious adverts. Please bear in mind that a large and updated website about the flora of Malta requires lot of time and work.   Online Donation


Submit further info on this species
Use this form to submit more information on this species or report mistakes in this webpage. If information supplied is taken from a book, journal or website, please provide the corresponding reference or website address. Your email address is only for internal communication. Please report only Maltese locations for plants that indicated as rare or very rare (refer to the nomenclature section above). Please do report mistakes, broken links, technical errors, typing / grammar errors, misidentifications or taxonomical updates; this will help to improve the website's accuracy. Thanks you! Fill any of the three sections (A/B/C) below and kindly submit the form.     * = required fields.
Plant Species:  *
Your name:   * Your Email:   *
 
Section A:  Additional Information about this plant species
Own observations: Info from published material (books, journals, website):
Reference of published material:
 
Section B:   Where have you seen this plant on the Maltese Islands?
Locations in Malta or Gozo where you have seen this plant. Only applies for rare plants.

1:       2:       3:   
4:       5:       6:   
Try to be as concise as possible. Examples: Dingli Cliffs (near chapel), Wied Incita (Zebbug side), Triq il-Kbira (Qormi), Barriera ta' Ghajn Abdul (Xlendi), Fields East of Salib tal-gholja (Siggiewi). GPS co-ordinates are also welcomed!
Section C:  Corrections for mistakes and errors in this plant profile
Section of this page where you found an error (select one)
What is the error/mistake and suggest a correction
AntiSpam Verification: Please answer these simple questions:   30 + 3 =     This website is about
          




MaltaWildPlants.com is supported by:
[ EcoGozo, Ministry for Gozo ] [ Projects in Motion ] [ Sunrise Pet & Garden Centre] [ MycoMalta ]
Webpage is copyright of Stephen Mifsud / www.MaltaWildPlants.com - (2002-2021)