Tormore & Fairy Glen

Skye Nature Group’s excursion to Sleat on Wednesday took us to Tormore and to Fairy Glen below Calligarry. These were in tetrads that had been covered pretty well for vascular plants but there were still a number of significant finds.

We added Atriplex prostrata s.s. (Spear-leaved Orache), Crocosmia pottsii (Pott’s Montbretia), Elymus x laxus (E. junceiformis x repens), Larix kaempferi (Japanese Larch) and Sagina nodosa (Knotted Pearlwort) to the list for the 10km square NG60.

Sagina nodosa

Sagina nodosa

We added a new site for Ammophila arenaria (Marram), the fourth on Skye in recent times apart from Glenbrittle Beach – all along a short stretch of the Sleat shoreline. There was also Leymus arenarius (Lyme-grass) – only the fifth Skye site in recent times – and Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine) and Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue) were growing together at a known site.

The Cotoneaster integrifolius (Entire-leaved Cotoneaster) at Tormore was doing rather too well:

Cotoneaster integrifolius

Cotoneaster integrifolius

I was pleased to find galls caused by the mite Phyllocoptes goniothorax on Hawthorn. I saw lots of these on Colonsay but there are no records in VC104 on NBN.

Phyllocoptes goniothorax

Phyllocoptes goniothorax galls on Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn)

Neil and/or Seth spotted some fine galls on Oenanthe crocata (Hemlock Water-dropwort) that look to me like those caused by the fungus Protomyces macrosporus:

Protomyces macrosporus on Oenanthe crocata

Protomyces macrosporus on Oenanthe crocata

but I await their views. Also there was a mass of pea galls on Rosa vosagiaca (Glaucous Dog-rose):

Rose Pea Galls

Rose Pea Galls

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2 Responses to “Tormore & Fairy Glen”

  1. skyeent Says:

    Those pea galls are really pretty. Sometimes the fungus galls on meadowsweet are really striking, like some kind of exotic lizard.

  2. Stephen Says:


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