Fiskavaig, Portnalong & Carbost

Yesterday I had a quick look at Fiskavaig Bay for Carex arenaria (Sand Sedge) last recorded there in 1977, but I failed. The area inland from the bay has the most Impatiens glandulifera (Indian/Himalyan Balsam) in the vice-county but I am not sure whether the native invasive species or the non-native invasive species is winning:

Balsam v Bracken

Balsam v Bracken

I collected a specimen of Arctium minus agg. (a Burdock) for determination. We have called all of ours A. nemorosum (Wood Burdock) but this is worth revisiting. Later: Mike Wilcox has determined this plant as A. minus ssp. pubens as “The heads are single, largely racemose, c. 30mm across and on longer peduncles; some sessile small bud like flowers present which tends to suggest the minus sens. str. parent and the longer peduncles for the others suggest the lappa parent = ssp. pubens.” This is the first time this has been recorded in VC104 but maybe all our Arctium is this?

Arctium sp.

Arctium sp.

From there I walked inland to tetrad NG33L for which there were no records. It now has 145 vascular plant taxa recorded in it. I spotted the basidiomycete lichen Lichenomphalia alpina:

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and close by, the choke fungus Epichloë cf. festucae on Festuca rubra (Red Fescue):

Epichloë cf. festucae

Epichloë cf. festucae

There was a different sexton beetle (cf here), with all black antennae segments. This one is Nicrophorus vespilloides:

Nicrophorus vespilloides

Nicrophorus vespilloides

Later I went into Carbost, which is in a tetrad with only four plant records – at least it was until yesterday. The number of vascular plant taxa now stands at 158. As one might expect in a village there were weedy things as well as garden escapes. There is also shore and the Carbost Burn running inland into the moor and I am certain that a spring/summer visit would increase this total quite a bit further.

Notable was Calystegia pulchra (Hairy Bindweed), also known from Dunvegan, Uig and the Portree area. The species and hybrids of Calystegia are quite tricky and the flowers and bracts of our pink-and-white-flowered plants are small compared with the typical specimens further south. However, they have pedicels with narrow wavy wings (as well as sparse hairs) so this taxon is where I put them.

C. pulchra gives you wings

C. pulchra gives you wings

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