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Index of Plant Families (4 families in this page)

Other Monocots
ARACEAE
Arum
ARECACEAE
Palm
COMMELINACEAE
Spiderwort
MUSACEAE
Banana
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ARACEAE
Juss.
( Arum Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Perennial, usually glabrous herbs, with underground rhizomes or tubers. Leaves all basal, usually with distinct petiole, and often with more or less reticulate venation. Flowers small, often unisexual, arranged in a compact spike (spadix), subtended and usually partly enfolded by a large, petaloid or leaf-like bract (spathe), the axis of the spadix often prolonged beyond the flower-bearing zone as a fleshy, usually coloured appendix. In monoecious plants the female flowers are at or near the base of the spadix, the male flowers above them; vestigial, sterile flowers, usually in the form of filiform papillae, may also be present. Perianth of 4-6 free, sepaloid segments, or (more usually) absent. Stamens 1-6, rarely more. Ovary superior or nude, sometimes sunk in the axis of the spadix, 1- to 3-locular; stigma usually sessile or subsessile. Fruit a berry, sometimes rather dry.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
O.Targ.Tozz.

Main Synonym :
Arum arisarum L.
Friar's Cowl,
Arison
Garni tal-Pipa Nov-Feb Detailed Profile
with
41
images.
Mill.

Main Synonym :
Arum foetidum Salisb.
Italian Lords and Ladies,
Large Cuckoo Pint,
Italian Arum
Garni Apr-May Normal Profile
with
10
images.
Schott

Main Synonym :
Colocasia esculenta var. fontanesii (Schott) A.F.Hill
Elephants Ear,
Coco Yam,
Dasheen
Għorgħar Apr-Jun Normal Profile
with
0
images.
Schott

Main Synonym :
Arum dracunculus L.
Giant Lords-and-Ladies,
Dragon Arum
Garni qoxret is-serp Apr-May Normal Profile
with
4
images.
L.

Main Synonym :
Lemna cyclostasa Elliott ex Chev.
Common Duckweed,
Lesser Duckweed
Lemna komuni Jan-Jun Normal Profile
with
7
images.
Raf.

Main Synonym :
Lemna valdiviana Phil.
Least Duckweed Lemna iż-żgħira Feb-Jun Normal Profile
with
4
images.
Liebm.

Main Synonym :
Philodendron pertusum Kunth & C.D.Bouché
Swiss Cheese Plant,
Split-leaf philodendron,
Monster fruit tree
Sieq l-iljun,
Monstera
Apr-Jul Normal Profile
with
6
images.
(Kurz) Hegelm

Main Synonym :
Lemna oligorrhiza Kurz
Dotted Duckweed Lemna ta' ftit gheruq Feb-Jun Normal Profile
with
5
images.
(L.) Horkel ex Wimm.

Main Synonym :
Lemna arrhiza L.
Rootless Duckweed Maltese name not known Mar-May Normal Profile
with
4
images.
Spreng.

Main Synonym :
Calla aethiopica L.
Arum Lily,
Calla Lily,
Ethiopian Lords-and-Ladies
Buqar Mar-Jun Normal Profile
with
10
images.


ARECACEAE
Schultz Sch.
( Palm Family )
Conservative synonym: Palmae
Subfamalies: Arecoideae; Calamoideae; Ceroxyloideae; Coryphoideae; Nypoideae

Family Description: Shrubs or trees; stem usually unbranched. Leaves large, persistent, petiolate with a conspicuous sheath. Inflorescence a simple or branched spadix, enveloped by 1 or several spathes. Flowers hermaphrodite or unisexual, hypogynous. Perianth usually of 2 whorls of 3. Anthers dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary of 1-3 free or united carpels; ovules 1 in each carpel. Fruit a berry or drupe.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
L.

Main Synonym :
Phoenix humilis Cav.
Dwarf Fan Palm,
European Dwarf Palm
Ġummara,
Ġummar safrani
Apr-Jun Normal Profile
with
9
images.
Chabaud

Main Synonym :
Phoenix jubae Webb ex Christ
Canary Islands Date Palm Palma tal-kannizzati,
Palma tal-kanarji
Jun-Sep Normal Profile
with
7
images.
L.

Main Synonym :
Palma dactylifera Mill.
Date Palm Palma tat-tamar May-Aug Normal Profile
with
6
images.
(Linden ex André) H.Wendl.

Main Synonym :
Brahea filifera W.Watson
California Fan Palm,
Desert Fan Palm,
Cotton Palm
Palma tal-imrewħa Messikana Jun-Sep Normal Profile
with
1
images.
H.Wendl.

Main Synonym :
Washingtonia gracilis Parish
Mexican Fan Palm,
Mexican Washingtonia
Palma tal-imrewħa Amerikana Jun-Sep Normal Profile
with
2
images.


COMMELINACEAE
R. Br.
( Spiderwort Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Annual or perennial herbs; stems often swollen at the nodes.Leaves alternate, often distichous, entire, with a closed, somewhat membranous basal sheath. Flowers hermaphrodite, in terminal or axillary cymes, often closely invested by 1 or 2 large, leaf-like bracts. Perianth-segments 6, the 3 outer sepaloid, the 3 inner petaloid, usually fugitive. Stamens 6, of which 3 are sometimes reduced to staminodes. Ovary superior, 3-locular, with simple style and capitate or shortly 3-lobed stigma. Fruit a loculicidal capsule; seeds few, marked by a small callosity indicating the position of the embryo.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
L.

Main Synonym :
Commelina sulcata Hoffmanns.
White-mouth dayflower,
Slender dayflower,
Widow's tears
Kommelina Nov-Feb Normal Profile
with
8
images.


MUSACEAE
Juss.
( Banana Family )
Subfamalies: nil.

Family Description: Perennial herbs or trees. Leaves alternate or basal, often very large, with sheathing base, long petiole and entire lamina. Flowers hermaphrodite or unisexual, zygomorphic. Perianth petaloid, the 6 segments variously connate or free. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, 3-locular; fruit a capsule or berry.
Botanical Name Common Name Maltese Name Flowering Period Thumbnail Picture Profile Type
L.

Main Synonym :
Musa sapientum L.
Banana Banana Apr-Jun Normal Profile
with
9
images.

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