Friday, May 20, 2011

Endangered Species Day 2011

On the occasion of Endangered Species Day 2011, I present one of the most characteristic floral endemics of Malta, namely the Maltese Everlasting (Helichrysum melitense). This plant grows on the cliffs of Dwejra (Gozo) and Fungus Rock, and is most probably extinct in the wild from Malta. The remnants of the population are threatened by quarrying (mostly illegal), dumping of construction materials, alien species and habitat deterioration.

Helichrysum melitense (Pignatti), Dwejra - Għawdex, 21.VI.2008

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