I started the day with the intention of covering tetrads NG54E (97% land), NG54J (1%) and NG55F (3%) which had 7, 0 and 17 previously recorded taxa respectively. However I only covered the first, which turned out to have an excellent range of habitats from the scree of Fiurnean to lush coastal woodland.

Before I had even reached the target tetrad and only 150m from the car I found a patch of Carex paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge). This is turning out to be not quite as rare as earlier records had suggested, though it remains far from common on Skye:

Cxpanic map

Highlights from Fiurnean included a group of crucifers growing more-or-less together: Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale Cress), Arabis hirsuta (Hairy Rock-cress), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass) and Erophila glabrescens (Glabrous Whitlowgrass). Also present on the cliffs were Alchemilla alpina (Alpine Lady’s-mantle), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Saxifraga hypnoides (Mossy Saxifrage), while down below towards the coast there were Equisetum telmateia (Great Horsetail) and Saxifraga aizoides (Yellow Saxifrage).


One Response to “Fiurnean”

  1. More from Skye’s East Coast | Plants of Skye, Raasay & The Small Isles Says:

    […] I visited the bits I failed to get to last week, NG54J and NG55F. They now have 105 and 135 taxa recorded respectively, and I added a few to NG55A […]

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