Here are pictures of the Empetrum from high in the Cuillin yesterday:

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There are quite a lot of plants up here at >600m which do not look like ordinary Empetrum nigrum subsp. nigrum and have been recorded in the past as subsp. hermaphroditum. The leaves seem right but as this is the first time I have found fruits on them I was able to look for the remains of anthers – usually as long whitish filaments, the key diagnostic for subsp. hermaphroditum.

I just can’t see any.


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