SWT Walk at Eyre, Raasay

We were 15 for the walk today that I was leading, though it was a bit damp.  Two days ago I had a recce and found a bit of bog that I had never visited.  I added 20 1km square records to the Raasay flora, including some nice things like the pale form of Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. pulchella (Early Marsh-orchid) and Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly-orchid).

Dactylorhiza incarnata

There was Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing corydalis) in a known site:

Ceratocapnos claviculata

Today there was a sedge in an odd condition – of which more later, and on Tuesday I spotted a lot of Carex echinata (Star Sedge) infected with what is probably Anthracoidea karii  according to Carl Farmer. Final confirmation awaited, but this is a fungus with only six records in the BMS database :

Anthracoidea karii

Later: Confirmed by Brain Spooner, Head of Mycology at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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