The Far End of Sleat

Two tetrads at the western end of Sleat had but one record between them: Ligusticum scoticum (Scots Lovage) near Rubha Charn nan Cearc. That has changed after a walk on Monday.  The best thing was the finding of Ophioglossum azoricum (Small Adder’s-tongue) on Geur Rubha. This is a first for Skye though known from a number of sites on Raasay and one site each on Eigg and Rum.

Ophioglossum azoricum on Skye

The shore had Carex distans (Distant Sedge) and C. otrubae (False Fox-sedge), two plants that are  restricted to the shore in this part of the world, and I spotted a single plant of Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern) by one of the burns. There were some flowering specimens of Pinguicula lusitanica (Pale Butterwort), the first of the year and  Cerastium diffusum (Sea Mouse-ear) on coastal rocks – not a frequent plant here.

Cerastium diffusum

This was one of those odd plant assemblages that I keep seeing on Skye:

Top of beach

Sedum rosea (Roseroot), Urtica dioica (Common Nettle) and Potentilla anserina (Silverweed).

There was lots of nettle gall along the path from Aird of Sleat.  Finally, a couple of views to show the hardships we botanists have to face when out in the field…

Basalt

A serious rock pool

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