A Day on the Limestone

I have  never seen Gentianella amarella (Autumn Gentian) or Epipactis helleborine (Broad-leaved Helleborine) on Skye and I have recently become aware of two additional sites for Potentilla crantzii (Alpine Cinquefoil).  All these are in the Suardal/Torrin area on the Durness Limestone.

I only found one of these species today, the gentian, which is subsp. amarella:

Gentianella amarella subsp. amarella

I hope to have better luck with the cinquefoil next May when it will be in flower.

There were some late-flowering primroses:

Primula vulgaris

and white-flowered Centaurea nigra (Common Knapweed):

White Knapweed

I checked up on the only known plants on Skye of Asplenium ceterach (Rustyback Fern), which were in good health:


The limestone pavement had plenty of Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine) and in some places there was Calmagrostis epigejos (Wood Small-reed) and Elymus caninus (Bearded Couch) growing together in the grikes.

Finally, a view of Loch Cill Chriosd from the south with lumpy foreground interest:

Loch Cill Chriosd

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