ERA identifies Maltese Ferule

Credit: ERA

The Environmental Resources Authority has identified a unique species of plant in Malta, previously assumed to be a Common Ferule.

The Maltese Ferule or il-ferla, was previously assumed to be a Common Ferule but its differing biology, in this case its leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds, ensure that the plant is distinct.

According to their research, they believe the plant originates through the geographic isolation of the Maltese islands from North Africa following changes in sea-levels that took place between 5.96 to 5.33 million years ago.

The ferule plant has a number of different uses and has become known for its application in both the discovery of new drugs and its compounds in the treatment of cancer.