Beech Woodwart by the Arish Burn

I took a wander up part of the Arish Burn on Raasay today as a preparatory look before a more serious survey later in the season as there are hopes of putting in a run-of-river hydroelectric scheme. I found no plants that I hadn’t seen before along there but they included Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s-tongue), Polystichum aculeatum (Hard Shield-fern) and Carex remota (Remote Sedge). Various bryophytes had fruiting bodies already and the first of the Luzula sylvatica (Great Wood-rush) was in flower:IMG_2990a

Something new to me was Hypoxylon fragiforme (Beech Woodwart) on a dead beech tree:

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Beech Woodwart (1)

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Beech Woodwart (2)

Thanks to Dave Genney for the i.d.

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