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The Fungus Rock is known in Maltese as Hagret il-General (the General's Rock). It is a 65 meter high rock 60 metres away from mainland completely encircled with water.
A commander of a squadron of the galleys belonging to the Knights of Malta discovered a plant locally known as Gherq is-Sinjur. It was thought that it was a fungus, known as the parasitic flowering plant Cynomorium Coccineum. It was thought that it had various medical cures for conditions as dysentery, bleeding and impotence.
This rock was one of the few places where it grew. So during 1746 Grand Master Pinto, in order to protect the plant from thieves defaced the sides of the rock to discourage those who would attempt to climb for it. This was strictly forbidden and severe penalties were imposed upon those who were caught making such an attempt.
It was also guarded from the Dwejra watch tower. The Knights were very well known for their medical cures throughout Europe and the plant was for medications in what was then a state of the art hospital in Valletta.
An ingenious system was invented to transport the plant from the isolated island rock to the main land using a rope with a basket tied to it.

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