Raasay Miscellany

The launch of Patterns of Flora was a great success. For my part, about 70 people came on botanical walks – not all at once but in two groups to the wood on the Inver walk and one group to the Oskaig saltmarsh.

My seven-week old grandson and I spotted Carex sylvatica (Wood-sedge) in an unusual location on Sunday by the road:

Carex sylvatica Suisnish

Carex sylvatica Suisnish (1)

Carex sylvatica Suisnish (2)

Carex sylvatica Suisnish (2)

As he was asleep at the time, I have not included him as a recorder. Going back today to take the photos above, I discovered an area of about 10 square metres with Vicia sativa subsp. nigra (Narrow-leaved Vetch) running through it.

Vicia sativa subsp. nigra Suisnish (1)

Vicia sativa subsp. nigra Suisnish (1)

Vicia sativa subsp. nigra Suisnish (2)

Vicia sativa subsp. nigra Suisnish (2)

I will check the fruits when they appear to make sure that this is not Vicia lathyroides (Spring Vetch), but I don’t think it is. Vicia sativa subsp. nigra is uncommon on Raasay and in VC104 generally. This may have been brought in with soil from Alness in 2006 and not been spotted before today. Many other plants that sprung out of that soil did not reappear after the first season.

Meanwhile, in the garden the gooseberries are infected with Puccinia caricina var. pringsheimiana, a colourful rust that according to the second edition of British Plant Galls (2011) appears to be rarer than in the 1950s. The only VC104 records on NBN are from the Broadford area in 2006 and 2009.

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