Wild foods for Testudo graeca

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Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Apr 20, 2010 10:39 am

Just an example of natural graze here in Spring in a tortoise habitat:

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We'll update this each month so you can see how the vegetation changes.

How many of these plants can you identify?
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Pam » Tue Apr 20, 2010 11:28 am

Great to see these pics. Wish I could identify more, the easy ones are vetch, plantain and rough hawkbit. Now over to the experts.....

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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Nerof » Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:02 pm

Are the coloured ones at the bottom soldiers and sailors? I thought they were toxic to torts? (I think the real name is pulmonaria) Julia.
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby suej » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:07 am

the one with the blue/pink flowers looks like Echium plantagineum, known in australia as an invasive weed, it is called in south australia salvation jane because a lady called jane used it as cattle feed during a drought and it saved a lot of cattle from dying. It is not nice to handle!
Pulmonaria has large heart shaped spotty leaves.
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Graham Ray » Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:46 pm

As this topic is about wild foods etc. I wonder if anyone could identify this plant which is sold on the vegetable stalls in the area of Spain where I live?? :?: The tortoises do eat it readily but I am wondering if it is OK to feed. Personally, I think it may be cultivated Dandelion. :?

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It costs anything from 10 to 35 cents per bunch. :)
Hope someone can advise me as I don't want to feed the wrong food :!:
Please consider the environment before printing this post!!

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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Roger » Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:37 pm

They're dandelions alright Graham ........... bloomin crackers too! :shock:
I'd maybe be a bit wary if they are cultivated, you know, sprayed, fertilisers etc.
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Murziano » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:57 pm

I think people call it 'Italian dandelion', but it could be cultivated wild chicory or something like that.

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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Don » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:42 pm

I'd say they are beaut dandelions!

I have two cultivars of chicory (ovate and jaggard leaf) growing. The chicory leaf is more pointed and less regular.
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby suej » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:04 pm

some plant species names would be nice to go with the pics of wild food, although I think we may be on to a looser, going into a garden centre and asking for spanish weeds could get some people arrested :lol:
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Re: Wild foods for Testudo graeca

Postby Murziano » Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:46 am

Some links on different varieties of commercial wild chicory (cichorium intybus):

http://www.condorseed.com/seed_chicory.htm

http://www.johnnyseeds.com/c-432-italian-dandelion.aspx

Still not sure if the one bought by Graham is on of these but...I think so. :?:
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