Sgurr a’Mhadaidh Ruadh Area

The Skye Botany Group went yesterday to the Trotternish Ridge near Sgurr a’Mhadaidh Ruadh to see the only known sites in VC104 for two Nationally Rare plants, Woodsia alpina (Alpine Woodsia) and the recently discovered Saxifraga cespitosa (Tufted Saxifrage). The former looks unchanged from its original discovery in 2001 and we established that there is a good population of the latter, now fruiting rather than flowering.

Woodsia alpina

Woodsia alpina

Saxifraga cespitosa

Saxifraga cespitosa

We had other nice finds like Epilobium alsinifolium (Chickweed Willowherb), Juncus triglumis (Three-flowered Rush), Koenigia islandica (Iceland-purslane), Poa glauca (Glaucous Meadow-grass), Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern) and Saxifraga nivalis (Alpine Saxifrage).

Epilobium alsinifolium

Epilobium alsinifolium


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