Sandarac Gum Tree, Mediterranean Alerce, Arar Tree
Maltese name(s) :
Siġra tal-Għargħar, Għargħar
Status for Malta :
Indigenous. Originating from the Maltese islands before man
Very Common Common Frequent
Rare Very rare Extinct
Growth form :
Raunkiaer life form: Macro-Phanerophyte (High trees) Germination: Dicotyledon
Legal Protection :
Protected by law: schedule I of LN200/2011 AND schedule III + VI of LN311/2006. (Strictly protected tree species)
Red List (1989) :
This species has a threatened status and is listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands
Flowering Time :
Maquis, now confined to edges of escarpments but also cultivated as an ornamental tree in parks.
This is the national tree of Malta. Was believed to be common on the Maltese islands long time ago, but now restricted in few sites and quite rare. Recentely it has been cultivated and used in agriculture and afforestation projects.
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