The Great Eigg Sedge Race

Last year we found a sedge on Eigg that confounded the experts, though after much rumination the majority view was for Carex paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge).  After Canna I went to Eigg to obtain some more.  This year it is clearly that species though only some is in tussocks. A specimen was sent to Mike Porter who has confirmed this determination.

Carex paniculata on Eigg

Carex paniculata on Eigg

This is a first record for Eigg, though it is plentiful just across the water on the north side of Muck.

Other additions on Eigg were mostly planted trees and shrubs, though Arenaria serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaved Sandwort) was a useful addition to the southeastern corner in terms of recent records and two tetrads were added to the previous one for Epilobium ciliatum (American Willowherb).

The Hypericum perforatum (Perforate St John’s-wort) that I recorded in May in a vegetable patch, had all been weeded out.

The nose of An Sgurr on Eigg:

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