Cabbages and Kings and Dandelions and Things

Well, no kings actually.

Claudia Ferguson-Smyth has sent me her records of dandelions on Rum from May 2011, all determined by Taraxacum expert John Richards. The list includes four species that are new to the vice-county and two (Taraxacum exsertiforme and T. undulatum) that are new to Scotland, judging by the BSBI Distribution Database.

When Michael Usher was on Muck last year he collected two Hieracium (Hawkweed) specimens that have now bee determined by David McCosh as H. latobrigorum (Yellow-styled Hawkweed) and H. subcrocatum (Dark-styled Hawkweed), neither new to the vice-county though firsts for Muck and much-needed recent records for a genus that gets too little attention.

Hieracium latobrigorum Photo M. Usher

Hieracium subcrocatum Photo M. Usher

It was fun to be quoted in The Times of London on Saturday as “The author of A Flora of Raasay and Rona” after I objected to a story about Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale Cress) being illustrated by a fat cabbage.

In the past week or two there has been another Winter Moth, this time in the garage, and a white-tailed eagle soaring above the house and the area nearby for about a week.

I have had a first look for Holly Leaf Gall Fly (Phytomyza ilicis) and Holly Speckle Fungus (Trochila ilicina) on Raasay, current targets from Highland Biological Recording Group. Must try harder next term.

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2 Responses to “Cabbages and Kings and Dandelions and Things”

  1. plant feed Says:

    I was up in Skye last August as well as hopping over to Rum, the plants there are really something else.

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