Some of the galls I found recently are also present very close to home. Nettle leaf gall is actually on a plant bashing our garden fence and the galls caused by Eriophyes inangulis on Alder are just up the road.

Martin Sherring reports Saussurea alpina (Alpine Saw-wort) , on the way up Sgùrr na Banachdaich in the Cuillins – a spot  I have yet to visit and from which the last record for this plant was in 1987.

Saussurea alpina           Photo M Sherring

My putative Salix x ludificans has not been confirmed – thought more likely to be a variant of one of the parents, S. phylicifolia (Tea-leaved Willow). Likewise, my odd-looking Callitriche turns out to be just a form of C. brutia.

For the first time this year I have just seen Anthracoidea karii, the smut on Carex echinata (Star-sedge).  Last year it was all over the place by this time.

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