Diverse Plant Matters

Steve has sent 450 July records including Cakile maritima (Sea Rocket) from a completely new area – Kilmarie on Skye.

Hesperis matronalis   Photo: S. Terry

Cakile maritima           Photo: S. Terry


Other notable records included Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern) from a new area near Loch Ainort and an update for Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern) on An Stac near Blaven.

Joanna has sent records from a tetrad including Kildonan and Flashader that had very few records, and also from some nearby tetrads and Loch Eishort, Ramasaig. In the main tetrad she has added Centaurea montana (Perennial Cornflower) as an escape, something that isn’t very frequent on Skye and the tetrad taxon count has risen from 5 to 144 – with a few possible additions yet.  Loch Eishort records included Rosa x dumalis (Rosa caesia x canina) and Chara virgata (Delicate Stonewort).

Michael & Paddy had a few hours on Eigg and updated a record for Ajuga pyramidalis (Pyramidal Bugle) and a few other species.

Meanwhile, I have been in Coir’ an t-Seasgaich measuring things for SNH, but also seeing interesting plants. Part of what I am doing is in NG45T where there are only 6 previous records resulting in some curious gaps in distribution along the Trotternish Ridge.  This is being improved….

Coir' an t-Seasgaich

Coir’ an t-Seasgaich


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