Suisnish & Càrn Dearg, Skye

Another fine day south of Torrrin, this time concentrating on basalt (or something volcanic in that line) rather than limestone.  Roger, Pat, James and I explored part of Loch an Leòid and most of Càrn Dearg today with very useful botanical results as well as otter records plus various amphibians and insects.

Botanically I was particularly hoping to re-find old records for Sorbus rupicola (Rock Whitebeam) and Carlina vulgaris (Carline Thistle), both of which we found readily enough, the latter in large numbers.

Sorbus rupicola

Sorbus rupicola

Sorbus rupicola, Plumber

Sorbus rupicola, Plumber

Carlina vulgaris

Carlina vulgaris

It was also very pleasing to see Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape) at  a new site as recent records in the south of Skye are very thin i.e. non-existent post-1999 until today. We saw only one.

Also good to see were several flowering/fruiting specimens of Neottia cordata (Lesser Twayblade) under the heather near the loch:

Neottia cordata  Photo: R. Cottis

Neottia cordata      Photo: R. Cottis

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