Crossal

Yesterday, I travelled along the Allt Mòr na Sròine

Falls - 1

Falls - 2

Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle) came down to an altitude of 35m – almost the lowest point in the tetrad – and the Oxyria digyna (Moutain Sorrel) was down to about 90m.

Oxyria digyna

There was Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort) and lots of Trollius europaeus (Globeflower).

Asplenium viride

Moving on to Loch a’ Ghrobain, the north-east quadrant is within the tetrad I was surveying and it contained Schoenoplectus lacustris (Common Club-rush) and Isoetes lacustris (Quillwort), both previously recorded from this loch in 1970.  Sròn a’ Ghrobain, the highest peak in the tetrad at a massive 254m, was unexciting but the edge to the north was better with Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort).

I followed the Abhainn na Droighnich (River Drynoch) back towards Crossal where I had started, and then struck north for a quick look at part of a tetrad for which there were no previous plant records. Much of it looked pretty dull but the Allt Mòr has a nice gorge with some pleasing plants such as Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy Fern), more Trollius and several plants that I had not seen in five hours in my main target tetrad such as Hypericum androsaemum (Tutsan).  It also had this moth, which I think is a Clouded Border:

Clouded Border

Later: Confirmed by Brian Neath

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