John has found Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. maritimus (Sea Radish) at Waternish. This is the first record for Skye.

Sea Radish

Sea Radish   Photo: J. Hawell

Sea Radish fruit

Sea Radish fruit    Photo:  J. Hawell

Readers may remember that I was very pleased to find this on Eigg in July where I said “I made a first record in the vice-county for Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. maritimus (Sea Radish) since 1801 – and in the same location!”  In fact this turns out to be a bit more complicated.

The old Eigg record is from “ON THE FLORA OF EIGG” by SYMERS M. MACVICAR published in The Annals of Scottish Natural History in 1897 and refers to visits made in 1893 and 1895. For some reason the database record gives the date of record as 1801-1900, and only the first date of a date range is visible unless one makes a special effort.

He wrote:

“RAPHANUS RAPHANISTRUM, L. In fields of oats, and on the shore at Laig ; the plant of the latter locality being probably R. landra, Moretti.”

In my view subsp. landra is pretty unlikely. There are only two Scottish records for this Mediterranean plant, both near Edinburgh in 1866 and 1903.  It is similar to subsp. maritimus and that seems far more likely.

The other record is from Rum and appears to be from 1950-1969 in NG30 but there is no more information.

Maybe it is spreading north?


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