Spiranthes romanzoffiana on Rum

Mike Ingram, the Reserve Manager,  has found two spikes of the Nationally Scarce orchid, Spiranthes romanzoffiana (Irish Lady’s-tresses) on Rum. This is the first record for the vice-county and a plant that I have long hoped to see here as it is in adjacent vice-counties.

Spiranthes romazoffiana on Rum

Spiranthes romazoffiana on Rum

Local Distruibution - from BSBI Distribution Database

Local Distruibution – from BSBI Distribution Database

Excellent news on a wet afternoon!

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5 Responses to “Spiranthes romanzoffiana on Rum”

  1. Terry Swainbank Says:

    Can you comment about the habitat? I wonder if there are any similar habitats on Skye.

  2. Stephen Says:

    On a track across a field…..

    • Stephen Says:

      On Mull I have seen it on old lazy beds. The Mid-Ebudes RPR says “It prefers wet grassland near the sea, usually on gently-sloping ground where the surplus water can run off”. I have seen it in SW Scotand on the stony, partially vegetated shore of a freshwater loch. But NOW is the time to see it!

  3. Ro Scott Says:

    Wow! that’s great. I wonder if they have changed the management of the place where it grows recently, or whether a seed just blew in from somewhere?

  4. Stephen Says:

    I will enquire (re management changes)

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