Doire nam Feannag

I went to see a clubmoss that Murdo has spotted near Loch Meodal – Lycopodium clavatum (Stag’s-horn Clubmoss) (ignoring the possibility of L. lagopus). This is a plant that could do with more current records. It has a tendency to disappear from known sites and reappear elsewhere, making re-finding old records a bit tricky. However, some populations do last for a very long time.

Lycopdium clavatum LR

Lycopodium clavatum near Loch Meodal

A bit to the northwest, Doire nam Feannag is grazed, unlike the fenced Coille a’ Chuaraidh across the road, but retains a pretty good woodland flora especially on the rocky outcrops.  There is a huge amount of Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern) and the dead oak leaves both here and across the road show a pattern that I think is the aftermath of galls, perhaps Spangle Galls:

oak galled

Something to look out for later in the year.

The Eriophorum vaginatum (Hare’s-tail Cottongrass)is in full flower:

Eriophorum angustifolium

Eriophorum vaginatum

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