Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A cliffhanger

The buds of the plant shown flowering above, Capparis orientalis Veillard, are traditionally pickled in brine and used on bread, in salads and in sauces all around the Mediterranean.

Capparis in Malta usually grows on cliffsides and other natural vertical rock faces. However, it is also found growing profusely on old bastion walls, which mimic some of the ecological conditions found on cliffsides.

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