Duisdale (Updated)

A walk along the shore and adjacent woodlands near Duisdalemore yesterday was very useful in terms of re-finding plants not recorded in the whole of NG71 since before 2000. Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing Corydalis), Mentha aquatica (Water Mint), Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) and Suaeda maritima (Annual Sea-blite) all fell into this group yesterday and last month Jim did the same with Veronica arvensis (Wall Speedwell) at Kinloch Lodge. When planning for this season I said “It looks like NG71 deserves some attention” so now it has had some. It would be useful to re-find Eupatorium cannabinum (Hemp-agrimony) at Ardnameacan some time and I am planning a high-level wander from Ben Aslak to Beinn na Seamraig to pick up a few other missing taxa.

Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing Corydalis)

Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing Corydalis)

Near the shore there was Berberis julianae (Chinese Barberry). Thanks Seth! The pictures show the  yellow flower, the evergreen leaves with few spines and the tripartite stem spines:

This is the first record for the vice-county.

I was attracted to this ancient ivy on oak, blending in very well from a distance and clearly the big old tree is not suffering from being used as a climbing frame:

Ivy on Oak

Ivy on Oak

Things in flower recently:

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6 Responses to “Duisdale (Updated)”

  1. Seth Gibson Says:

    Your Berberis isn’t buxifolia, not sure what just yet -but it’s not that!

  2. Seth Gibson Says:

    Berberis gagnepainii looks a possibility…

  3. Seth Gibson Says:

    Berberis julianae looks quite good too…

  4. Stephen Says:

    Well, go on help me out here….. It did seem early to be flowering for buxifolia. I have to say the Stace key is not great for this.

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