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This plant was shown to me a few years ago by Vivian i was stumped here it is.
Drimia maritima can be seen in Arillas (syn. Urginea maritima) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae (formerly the family Hyacinthaceae).[2] This species is known by several common names, including squill, sea squill, sea onion,[3] and maritime squill.[4] It may also be called red squill, particularly a form which produces red-tinged flowers instead of white.[4] It is native to southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa
This plant grows from a large bulb which can be up to 20 cm (7.9 in) wide and weigh 1 kg (2.2 lb). Several bulbs may grow in a clump and are usually just beneath the surface of the soil. In the spring, each bulb produces a rosette of about ten leaves each up to a meter long. They are dark green in color and leathery in texture. They die away by fall, when the bulb produces a tall, narrow raceme of flowers. This inflorescence can reach 1.5–2 m (4 ft 11 in–6 ft 7 in) in height.[4][5] The flower is about 1.5 cm (0.59 in) wide and has six tepals each with a dark stripe down the middle. The tepals are white, with the exception of those on the red-flowered form. The fruit is a capsule up to 1.2 cm (0.47 in) long

The plant has also been used as a poison. It is very bitter, so most animals avoid it. Rats, however, eat it readily, and then succumb to the toxic scilliroside. This has made the plant a popular rodenticide for nearly as long as it has been in use as a medicine. The bulbs are dried and cut into chips, which can then be powdered and mixed with rat bait. The plant was introduced as an experimental agricultural crop in the 20th century primarily to develop high-toxicity varieties for use as rat poison. Interest continued to develop as rats became resistant to coumarin-based poisons.
Because rodents are unable to vomit, the selective toxicity of red squill is due to its quick and potent emetic action in humans and most nontarget animals that can regurgitate any ingested material.
It has also been tested as an insecticide against pests such as the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum


This species has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times. It is noted in the Ebers Papyrus of the 16th century BC, one of the oldest medical texts of ancient Egypt.Pythagoras wrote about it in the 6th century BC.Hippocrates used it to treat jaundice, convulsions, and asthma. Theophrastus was also familiar with it. Its primary medicinal use was as a treatment for edema, then called dropsy, because of the diuretic properties of the cardiac glycosides. A solution of sea squill and vinegar was a common remedy for centuries. The plant is also used as a laxative and an expectorant.
The bulb has been widely used by herbalists, mainly for its effect upon the heart and for its stimulating, expectorant and diuretic properties

Just to say a big thank you to vivian

Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by vivian on Yesterday at 09:12:35 PM »
Hi Kev, Have sent you a pm. Im so happy the puzzle about the bulb I showed you years ago has now been solved' love Viv
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beginning,s of a Wasp nest
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except May and September
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Panama Orange

Kumquats or cumquats  are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae. They were previously classified as forming the now historical genus Fortunella,
They are slow-growing evergreen shrubs or short trees that stand 2.5 to 4.5 meters (8 to 15 ft) tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns. The leaves are dark glossy green, and the flowers are white, similar to other citrus flowers, and can be borne singly or clustered within the leaf-axils. Depending on size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year
 Corfu produces about 140 tones kumquat every year. Kumquat is protected by the European Union as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) product (Kumquat Kerkyras).
Kumquat was brought on Corfu by the British botanist Sidney Merlin. He brought kumquats in Corfu in 1860 and cultivated them in a field, which was named after his name, near the Corfiot village Dasia. Kumquat flourished in Corfu and Corfiot people took advantage of it. Since 1924 kumquat has been widely cultivated on the island providing the local market with a variety of products ranging from spoon sweets to perfumes and cosmetics.

The fortunella group is not toxic to eat for humans or dogs. But the fruit has a relatively high level of magnesium and ingesting a large quantity can have a laxative effect.

Kumquats – are the smallest and weirdest of the common citrus fruit. In contrast to other fruit from this group, the skin and zest are sweet, while the juicy insides are tart with a hint of bitterness. A winter treat, kumquats can be eaten whole, just as they are  or cooked with sugar, spices or spirits to make sweet compôtes and aromatic chutneys. used to make marmalades, jellies, and other spreads
kumquat liqueur
kumquat vodka cocktail
kumquat gin
Kumquat Liqueur. Peel the kumquats, and place the rind in a large glass jar or container then cover with the alcohol. Seal with a lid leave in a cool, dark place for 10 days. At the end of 10 days, strain the alcohol and discard the rinds.

Kumquat has aromatic and nutritional properties, is rich in vitamin C, A, B and 11 other vitamins, nourishes and moisturizes the epidermis. It contains folic acid, vitamin B2 and thiamin. It is rich in flavonoids, which act against hypertonia, and contains antioxidants. Last but not least, it is rich in limonene, an essential oil with anticancer properties.
Some of the fruit's flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These may help protect against heart disease and cancer (5, 6, 7). The phytosterols in kumquats have a chemical structure similar to cholesterol, meaning that they can help block the absorption of cholesterol in your body.

Arillas general information / Re: Arillas Today
« Last post by Jersey Bean on November 18, 2018, 06:03:41 PM »
Sorry I mean he worked at Kostas.
Arillas general information / Re: Arillas Today
« Last post by Jersey Bean on November 18, 2018, 05:46:32 PM »
Kostas.....He won the darts trophy.
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« Last post by TerryW on November 18, 2018, 03:24:00 PM »
It looks like the bench is still out on the jetty. I hope Dimitris and friends have time to take it in for the winter
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KEV SEP 2018
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« Last post by mikebentleyturbo2 on November 18, 2018, 12:09:31 PM »
Hi All
Looks like winter has arrived in Arillas :(
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