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Bituminaria bituminosa trifoliate leaves
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Bituminaria bituminosa (L.) C.H. Stirton
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Bituminaria bituminosa is an interesting perennial herb with a characteristic bituminous (tarry) smell of the leaves, hence its name. It is widely distributed in the Mediterranean and common in the Maltese Islands, where it grows in garigue and fields. It may be eaten by goats (hence its Maltese name), along with other plants, grazing in the open after being taken out daily by a goat herder, a tradition which is active in some rural areas.
Trifoliate leaves of Bituminaria bituminosa
Limits of Bahrija
6/04/11