Cuillins

Nick and Tom had a day up Sgùrr nan Eag and along the ridge to Gars-bheinn, adding some very useful records of mountain plants to two very poorly recorded tetrads, such as Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle), Arabidopsis petraea (Northern Rock-cress), Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern), Diphasiastrum alpinum (Alpine Clubmoss), Oxyria digyna (Mountain Sorrel), Persicaria vivipara (Alpine Bistort),  Rubus saxatilis (Stone Bramble), Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage) and Sedum rosea (Roseroot).

Yesterday I explored Coire Làgan:

Upper Coire Lagan

Upper Coire Lagan

This loch at about 570m appears to support a monoculture of Juncus bulbosus (Bulbous Rush) in vascular plant terms. Around it there was Thalictrum alpinum (Alpine Meadow-rue). In fact, this assemblage on its bank is a little unusual:

Assemblage LR

Armeria maritima, Saxifraga stellaris, Thalictrum alpinum, Vaccinium myrtillus

Oxyria digyna (Mountain Sorrel) was looking particularly fine:

Oxyria digyna

Oxyria digyna

It takes a lot of effort to find a limited number of species in these hills, but there are some rare things and the scenery is stunning.

The plant I haven’t identified yet, which is the subject of the previous post, was in the middle of the path on the way down. I don’t fancy its chances.

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3 Responses to “Cuillins”

  1. Ro Scott Says:

    Is the Oxyria being photo-bombed by a violet???

  2. Stephen Says:

    Yes. Do you think I should have photoshopped it out?

  3. Ro Scott Says:

    No. It just amused me to imagine that the violet might have popped up mischievously…botanical anthropomorphism I’m afraid.

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