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Sarcopoterium spinosum   (Thorny Burnet)


Sarcopoterium spinosum  (ROSACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 2-Jan-2020)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2-Jan-2020) Sarcopoterium spinosum retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 24-Oct-2021

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Sarcopoterium spinosum(L.) Spach
Published in (L.) Spach, Ann. Sci. Nat. ser. 3 (Bot.), 5: 43 (1846)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

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

Plant Family :

Rosaceae L. (The Rose Family)
34 species from the Rosaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Thorny Burnet

Maltese name(s) :

Tursin il-Għul Xewwieki

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 III and VI of [S.L. 549.44] (strictly protected species)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

March – May

Colour of Flowers:

Pink or Inconspicuous

Name Derivation :

Sarcopoterium:
spinosum:


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Dry places.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Botanical Description: Much-branched shrub up to 60 cm. Shoots densely tomentose; lateral branches forming leafless spines. Leaves with 9-15 small, ovate, hairy leaflets. Capitula up to 3 cm, globose or oblong; the upper flowers female, the lower male. Calyx-teeth stellate-patent, caducous; stamens 10-30; hypanthium tubular-urceolate.
Chromosome number: 2n=28
Distributional range: Mediterranean region, from Sardegna eastwards.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
Albania, Crete, Greece, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part)
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
? AE(G) Al Cr Ct Cy Gr IJ It Li LS Sa Si(M S) Tn Tu(A E)

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Species Images (13 images)
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-0.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-1.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-2.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-3.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-4.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-5.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-6.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-7.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-8.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-9.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-10.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-11.
   Sarcopoterium spinosum   -   Image Code: SCPSP-12.

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