New Sightings

Jim passed through Portree a few weeks ago and spotted a couple of interesting grasses near the harbour.  Phalaris canariensis (Canary-grass) is unlikely to be confused with anything else, but we are waiting for a referee’s verdict on  possible Poa imbecilla (Weak Poa).  Both these aliens would be new to VC104 except for a 1939 Rum record for the former on a waste heap; the latter would be only the second record for Scotland.

Meanwhile Nick has followed up my roadside record for Lythrum salicaria (Purple-loosestrife) in Portree with one at Earlish. The only previous record for the 10km square NG36 was not localised or dated. More curiously he also has Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima (Sea Beet) growing out of his compost heap. The only previous record for Skye is from Glenbrittle beach and it has not seen there since 1972, though it is present on Muck, Canna & Hyskeir.

Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima   Photo: N. Hodgetts

Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima                                   Photo: N. Hodgetts



One Response to “New Sightings”

  1. Aliens in Portree, Natives Elsewhere | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] canariensis (Canary-grass) is confirmed from Portree – presumably having arisen from birdseed. The possible Poa imbecilla (Weak Poa) is not, the referee […]

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