Catch-up Time

I have been away for two and a half weeks and there are a number of plant-related things that I have not got round to recording here. Firstly, Seth found Gentiana asclepiadea (Willow Gentian) growing on the roadside near Dunvegan, obviously a garden escape/throw-out but flourishing and new to the vice-county.

Gentiana asclepiadea

Seth also found a Pulmonaria in Portree which turns out to be Pulmonaria saccharata (Bethlehem-sage), also new to VC 104. This is distinguished from P. officinalis (Lungwort) by the “basal leaves being elliptic, acuminate, each tapered gradually at base to form winged stalks; silvery markings often merging into larger patches” according to the European Garden Flora.

Pulmonaria saccharata (Bethlehem-sage)

Also in Portree, Seth spotted Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium), only the second vice-county record. The first was on Raasay a few years ago – it didn’t reappear for a second year.

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium)

Joanna has sent in her July/August records from Portree for the Urban Flora Project, amongst which were Juniperus virginiana (Virginian Juniper), new to the vice-county and probably planted by the roadside at Sluggans, and Hordeum vulgare (Six-rowed Barley), only the second vice-county record.

I checked up on a record from iRecord for Aruncus dioicus (Buck’s-beard) in Portree and found it this time, having failed on a previous attempt. It has just about escaped from a garden but I am not sure that I would have recorded it as it is moot whether it is in the wild. However, as it is in a public database, I have added it to the VC 104 list.

Aruncus dioicus (Buck’s-beard)

Finally, does anyone recognise this place, please?

Marram Site

The plant in the foreground is supposedly Marram and the site is given as NG61. Coastal areas in NG61 are Camus Croise and the north (Heaste) and south (Drumfearn) shores of Loch Eishort. Folks living in these areas do not recognise it, so I am stuck. NG61 would be new for Marram.

Later: Amazingly, I have managed to contact the recorder who went by the sobriquet of “Growing Green Spaces”. It turns out to have been on the Scottish mainland in NM69.

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3 Responses to “Catch-up Time”

  1. Seth Says:

    Your blog used to be so lovely before these new botanists arrived, finding their iffy plants in dodgy settings. I fear that Skye will never be the same again, forever blemished by the curse of slum botany! 🙂

  2. Stephen Says:

    What else to do, now that I have found every REAL plant there is to find….

  3. Seth Says:

    Haha, an excellent reply! Have you ordered yourself the new BSBI guide yet? Could be a few more REAL plants hiding in plain view, patiently waiting to be discovered (coz dandelions need love too…)

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