2020 County Report for Tyrone

Ian McNeill (retiring VCR) Sharon Spratt (incoming VCR) Report contributed by I. McN.

A year like no other! Yet I did manage some botanising, especially June to Sept, but stayed fairly local. Some good finds:

Camelina sativa s.l. in my own garden. If I couldn't get out and about, then the plants were keen to come to me! Det. by Tim Rich. He came down on the side of C. sativa, but with an element of doubt. First Co. record.

Lepidium didymum. Again, in own garden. 1st record for hectad H87.

Claytonia perfoliata. Strong colony at entrance to Tullylagan House, 6km S of Cookstown. Garden escape, well naturalised. 1st Co. record.

Spiranthes romanzoffiana. Reported by Claire Barnett from Killycorran Lough, 4km W of Clogher. 1st Tyrone record away from Lough Neagh.

Rubus chamaemorus. Still at its historical site on Mullaghdoo, a summit in the Sperrin Mountains. Visited by myself, with Noeleen Smyth and Matthew Jebb from The Botanic Gardens in Dublin, in late July. We travelled in three separate cars!