Loch Vidigill

I suspect not many folks get to Loch Vidigill. It is a well-vegetated loch with a moderately interesting selection of plants e.g. Comarum palustre (Marsh Cinquefoil), Menyanthes trifoliata (Bogbean) and Sparganium natans (Least Bur-reed). It was cloudy after the recent rains and so I didn’t get a chance to assess any bottom-dwelling flora properly. It does not appear to be very acidic – no bladderworts or sundews.

Loch Vidigill

Loch Vidigill

The forest track that follows the Allt Meadale had lots of Gnaphalium uliginosum (Marsh Cudweed) – it is very common on Skye on roadsides and tracks where it is a bit muddy or at least stays damp.  When well developed it looks like this:

Gnaphalium uliginosum 4

but in these ruderal habitats, where it can occur in large numbers it can look like this:

Gnaphalium uliginosum

Gnaphalium uliginosum on the Allt Meadale track

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