Tokavaig & Suardal

I spent today with Sarah from SNH and we went first to Tokavaig Gorge where we found Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine):

Epipactis atrorubens

Epipactis atrorubens

This is mentioned in the SSSI citation but the last record from this area was from 1966. We also found Melica nutans (Mountain Melick):

Melica nutans

Melica nutans

and in this case the last record was from 1968. It is only the second time that I have found this grass on Skye though there are a few other recorded sites. There was also plenty of Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid) to add further to the tally of recent Sleat records.

We adjourned to Suardal to check up on the Potentilla crantzii (Alpine Cinquefoil) which was in good form in all three known areas:

Potentilla crantzii

Potentilla crantzii

as was the Carex rupestris (Rock Sedge):

Carex rupestris

Carex rupestris

We were also fortunate to spot a group of twelve Coeloglossum viride (Frog Orchid) in bud, just breaking into flower – the first record for the 10km square NG61 since 1990.


One Response to “Tokavaig & Suardal”

  1. Skye Botany Group Excursion | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] were the expected Potentilla crantzii (Alpine Cinquefoil) and Carex rupestris (Rock Sedge). I put photos of these two from the same place on this blog almost exactly a year […]

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