Bearreraig Bay

A day well spent with Kaarin and Kevin from Norfolk.  The fossils were good:


The Equisetum x font-queri (Skye Horsetail) was fine and abundant:

Equisetum x font-queri

Amongst Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens) five years ago in September I found a couple of plants of Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine). Since these flower in May, I felt lucky to find them at all – they were fruiting well. Today we found about fifteen ( I have yet to sort out today’s records properly), many of which had flowered.  However, the very wet and windy weather we had throughout most of the last month meant that there will be no fruits this year:

Cephalanthera longifolia

We also found a dozen or so Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine) in the same ground which were previously known here, not yet in flower:

Epipactis atrorubens

We found Vicia sylvatica (Wood Vetch) which is not common on Skye:

Vicia sylvatica

and another example of an odd Geum rivale (Water Avens):

Geum rivale form

Afterwards, I drove north up the A855 in pursuit of a 1996 Schedonorus arundinaceus (Tall Fescue) record and found it at intervals for about 5km.  This is an uncommon plant on Skye and I also found it in a new 10km square a few days ago at Drynoch.

One Response to “Bearreraig Bay”

  1. Plant News | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

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