2022 County Report for North Ebudes

Stephen Bungard, Joanna Walmisley

Over 6,600 records were added to the DDb including over 20 taxa new to VC104 and over 140 new hectad records. Nearly all of the new taxa were garden escapes or planted, the remainder being microspecies or hybrids.

Recording for the Urban Flora of Scotland project was undertaken in Broadford, resulting in nearly 1,000 records from six monads.

Skye Botany Group meetings have concentrated on Scottish HectAd Rare Plant Project (SHARPP) targets and a two-part project with the Darwin Tree of Life project (DToL).

SHARPP successes included re-finding sites or finding new sites for Ribes spicatum (Downy Currant), Euphrasia heslop-harrisonii (an Eyebright), Atriplex praecox (Early Orache) and Zostera marina (Eelgrass). Additionally, some re-found plants on the SHARPP list for VC104 were of taxa whose nomenclature is in a state of flux e.g. Cochlearia officinalis subsp. scotica and Rhinanthus minor subsp. borealis, or whose actual taxonomic status is in question, e.g. Euphrasia arctica × marshallii.

With help and funding for travel and a microscope and camera from DToL, the Group has been assessing Polypodium distribution and has successfully found several locations for Polypodium × mantoniae (Manton’s Polypody, the hybrid between P. interjectum and P. vulgare). JW produced a poster about this for the Scottish Botanists’ Conference. The second part of the DToL project concerned Ophioglossum. No new sites were found during this year’s surveys, but we supplied a specimen of O. azoricum for whole genome sequencing by DToL.

Eight Hieracium (Hawkweed) specimens were collected and sent for expert determination.

Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don (River Astilbe)

Found on the roadside at Dunvegan by Joanna Walmisley – the first record for the British Isles on DDb. This is NOT Astilbe rivularis auct. non Buch.-Ham. Ex D.Don = A. chinensis (Maxim.) Franch. & Sav.)
Probably escaped from Dunvegan Castle grounds.

Carex riparia (Greater Pond-sedge)

Found near the shore and gardens in Broadford by Joanna Walmisley. Probably originally introduced.

Pilosella caespitosa (Yellow Fox-and-cubs)

Roadside, Broadford. Found by Stephen Bungard and Steve Terry.

Saxifraga umbrosa (Pyrenean Saxifrage)

Found by Skye Botany Group in Sleat. The only previous record is probably an error for Saxifraga × urbium (Londonpride)

Taraxacum pseudohamatum (A Dandelion)

Found in Portree by Seth Gibson