Coille an Leatraich, Raasay

Coille an Leatraich is an excellent area of semi-natural ancient woodland between Brae and the coast with several burns running through it. I took a walk there this afternoon in the sunshine, hoping for non-plant things. I had insects in mind really as there are quite a few about in the warmer weather and lengthening days but what I found was this:IMG_4396a

This woody excrescence is growing on Betula pubescens (Downy Birch) and Dave Genney tells me it is Inonotus obliquus, commonly known as chaga mushroom.

In passing I re-found four species of plant that had not been recorded in the monad NG5541 since before 2000: Asplenium scolopendrium (Hart’s-tongue), Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort), Cardamine flexuosa (Wavy Bitter-cress) and Epilobium montanum (Broad-leaved Willowherb).

I wonder what causes Ivy to do this:

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