N of Portree, E of the A855

I had a few hours yesterday after a lunchtime appointment in Portree and so headed a little way north on the A855. I had two things in mind – to up the taxon count for NG44Y from 73, which I did, to 163, and to re-find a 1991 record for Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail) at Lòn Druiseach, SE arm, NG5047. This too was easily accomplished with over 200 shoots by the upper reaches of this burn.

I parked in a lay-by by the A855 where garden rubbish has obviously been dumped in the past and found Carex pendula (Pendulous Sedge) and Epilobium hirsutum (Great Willowherb) there. I wonder which gardens in Portree have Carex pendula?

There were several clumps of Parnassia palustris (Grass-of-Parnassus) with flower buds in a marshy area by the Lòn Druiseach.

Parnassia in bud

Parnassia palustris in bud

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