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Flora

Just a hint of some of the floral species of the islands.

Malta's National Plant - the Maltese Rock Centaury

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Cheirolophus crassifolius (MT: Widnet il-Bahar)
 
This sun-loving, cliff-hugging shrub is the queen of Maltese endemics. A palaeoendemic - having survived through the Ice Age, it is now confined to gracing the Southern facing cliffs. The species is classified as Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List). Protected species. 

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Sicilian Squill

Scilla sicula (MT: Ghansar Ikhal)
A sub-endemic found only in Malta, Sicily and Souther Italy. Unfortunately it is no longer as widespread as it used to be. Protected species.

Malta's National Tree - The Sandarac Gum Tree

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Tetraclinis articulata (MT: Sigra ta' l-Gharghar)
 
This conifer is a rare sight, not just in Malta, but indeed worldwide (Malta, Southern Spain & Atlas Mountains). Nature Trust is working at re-creating a small Sandarac woodland at Wied Ghollieqa Nature Reserve. Protected Species.

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Maltese Pyramidal Orchid

Anacamptis urvilleana (MT: Orkida Piramidali ta' Malta)
Found only in the Maltese Islands, this endemic orchid with its delicate flowers is accustomed to living in harsh and dry garigue and steppe. Protected species. 

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Sea Squill

Urginea marittima (MT: Ghansar)
Delicate flowers bloom in summer and the tall stalks dot the landscape creating a beautiful sight.

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Maltese Sea Chamomile

Anthemis urvilleana (MT: Bebuna tal-Bahar)
Another endemic growing very low forming carpets of small flowers especially along coastal cliffs. 

Evergreen Oak - Ancient Woodland remnant
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Possibly close to a 1000 years. Very scarce. Protected Species.

Neptune Seagrass - forming underwater meadows
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This flowering seagrass is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea & is of vital importance for its health.

The bulbous plants impatiently reach out.
The life awaiting underground,
In every crack,
Blooms above ...
As in a dance of love.
                                                             (A. Falzon)

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