Midland Hawthorn was found in a field hedge at Bree. This is the first record for the county. A species I have not seen in Ireland before. There were four bushes. The photo above shows one of the trees on the field bank, well nibbled by horses. Below is fruits and leaves.
This is only the 5th county record for Unbranched Bur-reed in the county. Found at Castletown in the far north of the county. I looked at it and walk on thinking it was Sparganium erectum (Branched Bur-reed). It was only because it was a much smaller plant than Branched Bur-reed which also grew in the ditch, and the leaves were a yellowish green, made me take a second look. A species I normally think of as growing in water, this ditch was almost over grown.
Passing an area of waste ground in Wexford Town, I decided it was time I made an effort to stop and take a look. Very surprised to find Orange-peel Clematis growing over a shrub. It is a species I have only ever seen self-sown on dunes in Scotland before. This is the first Irish record also.