Sunday, 14 August 2016

Agrostis gigantea (Black Bent), rare arable weed in Wexford

 Popped up the road this morning to look at a grass which is an abundant weed in an arable field. As I expected it was Black Bent. This time of year it is easy to notice as it towers above the crop. This is a new site for Black Bent in the county.



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Rosa x scabriuscula (Rosa canina x tomentosa)

 Always surprises me how you can keep walking past a plant without noticing it, must of walked by this hybrid rose at least 100 times over the last few years. One large bush growing in a roadside hedge at Bannow Bay. There are a few scattered sites for this hybrid in Co. Wexford. The interesting thing is that Rosa tomentosa has only been recorded 3 times in the county. Roger Maskew confirmed this hybrid for me, glad I got the ID correct.



Sunday, 24 July 2016

Utricularia australis (Bladderwort) first county record since 1937

 Frankie Tennant asked me today to come over and look at a bladderwort for him, which he had found on South Slob. Looking at the glands in the spur this has to be Utricularia australis (Bladderwort), which was last reported from the county in 1937. It was common in the drains on the slobs.
 Above photo taken by Didier Paris. Top and bottom taken by me. All the brown you can see in the water in the below photo is the bladderwort.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Carex pallescens (Pale Sedge) first county record since 1944

 Paula O'Meara has found Pale Sedge along a path in a wood at Bregorteen. This is the first county record since 1944. The only other county record was from Stokestown by Miss E. Rawlins.
Paula's photos shows the crimping at the base of the bracts really well, the only sedge that does this.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Hedera algeriensis (Algerian Ivy) in Wexford

 Found another site for Algerian Ivy today. Growing on a road bank with Hedera hibernica (Atlantic Ivy) which has light brown hairs. The shiny light green leaves are of A. Ivy and the dark green leaves at very top of photo are Atlantic Ivy. This is the 12th site now for Algerian Ivy. The bottom of the 3 photos you can just make out the ginger hairs on the young shoot.
 Can just make out the ginger hairs on the young shoot in the below picture.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hypochaeris radicata subsp. ericetorum (Cat's-ear) new for Wexford

 The BSBI listed this as a species that is under recorded. The flower stems are prostrate (or more or less) to the ground. It was common on the dunes at Old Bawn today. I'm sure it is common in Ireland, but this would seem the first record for Ireland.



Saturday, 4 June 2016

Equisetum variegatum (Variegated Horsetail) re-found at Ballyteige

 Variegated Horsetail was recorded from Ballyteige area in 1973, 1987 & 1991. All three records gave just the hectad, which wasn't much help. I had no idea whether it was recorded from the dunes of Ballyteige Burrow which stretch for 9km or somewhere else in the hectad. I was walking along behind the dunes this evening looking at marsh-orchid when I noticed the horsetail. There is only one other site in the county. So pleased at last to have updated the record!