I am away seeing plants not normally encountered in Skye or Raasay:


But before I left I had a long day starting from Orbost and taking in the Idrigill Burn, Ben Idrigill and Beinn na Boineid. These last two lie in tetrad NG23J which had only a handful of post-1999 records. This allowed me to re-find several plants not recorded in NG23 since last century such as Gymnocarpium dryopteris (Oak Fern), Potentilla sterilis (Barren Strawberry) and Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry) and also adding several  completely new to the hectad such as Aira caryophyllea (Silver Hair-grass), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Myosotis discolor (Changing Forget-me-not).

The Idrigill Burn turned out to be more a machete and crampons event than the gentle stroll along a mountain stream I had imagined.

Idrigill Burn

Idrigill Burn

Then on Sunday I went to visit the small area of land in NG72D, which had no plant records. I had missed that this needed surveying for reasons too tedious to go into here. Anyway, the land area is 0.6% of a full tetrad and I found 68 taxa including Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing Corydalis):

Ceratocapnos claviculata

Ceratocapnos claviculata (Climbing Corydalis)

At Broadford Co-op there was an area of newly seeded grassland and in there were a number of weeds some of which are very uncommon locally – Papaver dubium (Long-headed Poppy) and a Fumaria that I am fairly sure is Fumaria muralis (Common Ramping-fumitory) but need to get home to some reference works to confirm. Later: Confirmed by Heather McHaffie.

Fumaria sp

Fumaria sp.

Meanwhile, Lee has found an extraordinary number of Orobanche alba (Thyme Broomrape) spikes  – over 300 – near Cocaire,


Just part of the colony.               Image L. Thickett

and Seth followed by Keith have reported Alstroemeria aurea (Peruvian Lily) as garden escapes.

Nic has been high in the Cuillin to help with poorly recorded squares and John has been working a monad at Fairy Bridge and adding many species to the relevant tetrad.

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