Screapadal

About ten days ago Helen & Kate found a single specimen of Prunus padus (Bird Cherry) in Raasay SSSI near Screapadal whilst undertaking woodland condition monitoring.  Yesterday I went to try and find it but failed. In between their visit and mine the storms had removed most of the leaves from most of the trees, which didn’t help.  I shall have to have another try in the flowering season next year.

The reason this is noteworthy is that the only previous records of this tree as a native on Raasay are from Brochel woods by the shore in 1903 (Harvie-Brown) and somewhere unspecified in the southern part of Raasay in 1957 by Mary McCallum Webster.  (It has been planted as part of a native tree planting mixture on Raasay and Fladday.)

However, it was an interesting day…. on my way to Screapadal I watched a small landslip from the first few pebbles to the more serious lumps of ground falling just above the path. I was too slow getting the camera out to take a video.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

There was Moehringia trinervia (Three-nerved Sandwort) still in flower:

Moehringia trinervia

Moehringia trinervia

This plant is known from a number of sites on Raasay and Eigg and there is an old record from Rum, but it has never been recorded on Skye.

Screapadal was looking good in the autumn sun, and we needed a fine day or two after the recent storm:

Screapadal

Screapadal

and there were good fungi about.

Cup Fungus

Bracket Fungus - awaiting help with i.d.

Bracket Fungus – awaiting help with i.d.

Oh yes, and there was Alder Tongue Gall on the alders

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6 Responses to “Screapadal”

  1. Neil Mahler Says:

    The fungus would appear to be Stereum subtomentosum.

  2. Stephen Says:

    Many thanks, Neil. Are you sufficiently certain for me to make an official record of it?

  3. Neil Mahler Says:

    I don’t think anybody can be 100% certain from a remote photograph, but there is a fruiting body in the right background with a very yellow under-surface. Most literature states the bracket turns yellowish upon bruising – hence the name “Yellowing Bracket” but you can find them with a yellow under-surface when fresh like this.

    Going against this though, books also state the upper-surface is usually covered in moss (as with Trametes gibbosa) but if the moss spores aren’t around, moss ain’t gonna grow I guess, and in the absence of moss, the brackets of S.subtomemtosum can take on a spectacular red appearance as shown in your photo.
    Obviously, to be 100% certain, I would need to look under the microscope … so in this instance I’m only 97.5% certain !

  4. Neil Mahler Says:

    Oooops – what the hell am I on about ?!
    The brackets are absolutely surrounded by moss !
    I would imagine in this case, the upper surface of the brackets are not sufficiently ‘hairy’ enough to trap the spores and moisture, but I’m still sticking with Stereum subtomentosum.
    (I should also have said the yellow bracket I was referring to is the one in the top right hand corner)

  5. Stephen Says:

    OK. Many thanks for your thoughts!

  6. Raasay Fungi | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] in October 2014 I put an image of a bracket fungus from Screapadal, Raasay on this blog. Recently, Neil Mahler has suggested that it is Stereum subtomentosum (Yellowing Curtain Crust). […]

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