Glenhinnisdale

The Hinnisdale River was the third Scottish site for Equisetum x trachyodon (E. hyemale x variegatum) (Mackay’s Horsetail) and this hybrid had not been recorded on Skye since 1996.  Today  I went to find it and did so with little problem at the first site I tried:

Equisetum x trachyodon on Skye

Equisetum x trachyodon on Skye

I saw it on Rum a few years ago but this is my first sighting on Skye.

I turned to tetrad-bashing down the river and along the coast to the north where there was lots of Salicornia (Glasswort):

Salicornia. Anyone fancy identifying the species?

Salicornia. Anyone fancy identifying the species?

and Suaeda maritima (Annual Sea-blite):

Suaeda maritima

Suaeda maritima

plus Ligusticum scoticum (Scots Lovage) etc.  I also spotted a good patch of Mentha avensis (Corn Mint) which is not common here.

2 Responses to “Glenhinnisdale”

  1. John Walton Says:

    The salicornia pictured looks like Sarcocornia quinqueflora. Or Crithmum maritimum.

  2. Stephen Says:

    Either would be remarkable on Skye!. No,this is Salicornia europaea sens. lat, the only doubt with Skye plants is whether any fall outside S. europaea sens. strict.

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