The River Rha

The River Rha is formed from small burns on the Trotternish Ridge and near the Quirang which combine and flow south-westward to Uig. Not that far from Uig there were tetrads through which the Rha flows with zero plant records, and in the higher reaches there was an unlikely record of Ranunculus fluitans (River Water-crowfoot).  Yesterday I had a look at these matters.

The water-crowfoot was not to be seen – perhaps an error for Fontinalis antipyretica (Greater Water-moss)?  or filamentous algae?

The tetrad nearest Uig has a deep, botanically-rich river gorge with an unusually varied wooded bank for Skye containing Viburnum opulus (Guelder-rose) and Prunus avium (Wild Cherry) as well as many locally commoner tree species such as Hazel, Hawthorn and Ash – though none of these are common in this part of Skye.

Wooded Riverbank

Whilst there were no great rarities, there were these unusually pale Early-purple Orchids (Orchis mascula) still well in flower:

Pale Orchis mascula

and some fine Crepis paludosa (Marsh Hawk’s-beard) just coming into flower:

Crepis paludosa (+ragwort)

I spotted some Achillea ptarmica (Sneezewort) with a gall that may be Rhopalomyia ptarmicae but I shall await expert opinion.

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