Fungus Rock

Fungus Rock , known as Mushroom Rock , [2] and among the Maltese as He-Ġebla tal-Ġeneral (English: The General’s Rock ), is a small islet in the form of a massive 60-meter-high (200 ft) lump of limestone at the entrance to an almost circular black lagoon in Dwejra , on the coast of Gozo , an island in the Maltese archipelago . Fungus Rock is located at 36 ° 02’45 “N 14 ° 11’27” E and falls within the jurisdiction of San Lawrenz .

The Knights Hospitaller is known as Malta Fungus , growing on the rock’s flat top. This plant, which is a kind of parasitic flowering plant , has a fungus , has a repulsive smell. Doctors at the time believed that it had medicinal properties . The Knights used it as a styptic dressing for wounds and a cure for dysentery . The Knights so much that they often gave gifts of Malta to the Maltese islands.

Grand Master Pinto decreed the Rock out of bounds in 1746; trespassers risked a three-year spell as oarsmen in the Knights’ galleys . He posted a precarious cable-car from the rock to the mainland, 50 meters (160 ft) away. He also ordered the sides smoothed to remove handholds. [3] [4]

Pinto’s efforts have been unnecessary. Pharmacologists are studying the medical effects of “Fucus coccineus melitensis” [5] today. [6]

Nowadays, Rock Fungus is a nature reserve. However, the shoreline nearby is accessible to the sea and provides perfect snorkeling .


  1. Jump up^ State of the Environment Report for Malta 1998 Archived2015-04-02 at theWayback Machine.
  2. Jump up^ Ganado, Albert (2005). “Bibliographical notes on Melitensia – 3” . Journal of the Malta Historical Society . Melita Historica. 14 (2): 178. Archived from the original on 21 April 2014.
  3. Jump up^ Dharmananda, Subhuti. “Cynomorium: Parasitic Plant Widely Used in Traditional Medicine” . Retrieved 2 November 2010 .
  4. Jump up^ The historical guide to the island of Malta and its dependencies. p. 88.
  5. Jump up^ Correctly known asCynomorium coccineum; it is not a Fucus , which is a genus ofseaweed.
  6. Jump up^ Botanical Society of Edinburgh (1870). “Agriculture of Malta and Sicily” . Transactions and Proceedings of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh . Botanical Society of Edinburgh. p. 115 . Retrieved 2009-01-04 .

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