Aligro & Ardroag

We spent a good part of the day trying to refind Mertensia maritima (Oysterplant) on Skye but it seems to have gone from the sites where it was known from 1933 to 1993. It could be elsewhere in the area as it is known to be a mobile species. The only recent records in the vice-county are from Sandy (Canna).

However, we counted many Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly-orchid):

Platanthera chlorantha

Platanthera chlorantha

and saw Vicia orobus (Wood Bitter-vetch):

Vicia orobus

Vicia orobus

and over 60 Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape) at the Caroy site:

Orobanche alba (1)

Orobanche alba (1)

Orobanche alba (2)

Orobanche alba (2)

and a large-flowered bramble that I think is Rubus latifolius:

Rubus latifolia specimen

Rubus latifolia specimen

There were also quite a few Six-spot Burnet moths

Six-spot Burnets

Six-spot Burnets

 

 

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2 Responses to “Aligro & Ardroag”

  1. Ro Scott Says:

    That sounds like quite a good day, despite the lack of Mertensia!

  2. Stephen Says:

    It was – though rather wet.

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