A Raasay Day

First I went to the west coast to collect some sterile Ophioglossum azoricum (Small Adder’s-tongue) fronds for Mike Wilcox.  He will look st cell patterns to compare with O. vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue).

Next, across the island to the cliffs on the east coast for another Threatened Plants Project report. The Dactylorhiza viridis (Frog Orchid) was doing well with 26 plants found. 

Frog Orchid on Raasay

Frog Orchid on Raasay

This is probably my favourite spot on Raasay with all sorts of fine limestone plants, though it is only for the brave requiring passage across a narrow ledge halfway up a cliff.  The only site in the vice-county for Pyrola rotundifolia (Round-leaved Wintergreen) is here and today one plant was in flower.  This is only the second time that I have seen flowers in this population since I first found it in 1996.

Pyrola rotundifolia on Raasay

Pyrola rotundifolia on Raasay

Amongst the other goodies was lots of Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine): 
Epipactis atrorubens on Raasay

Epipactis atrorubens on Raasay

and Arabis hirsuta (Hairy Rock-cress), Aspenium viride (Green Spleenwort), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass), Gymnadenia borealis (Heath Fragrant-orchid), Listera ovata (Twayblade) etc, etc.

I also checked up on the only Raasay site for Chara vulgaris (Common Stonewort – though C. virgata is the common one hereabouts) and added a new site within the same 1 km square.

Some Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) finished off the day nicely.

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