Saturday, 17 October 2015

Chara connivens first Wexford since 1897

I have never even bothered to look at stoneworts before. Found this Chara connivens in pools in a disused quarry near Bridgetown. Sent it to the BSBI referees Claudia Ferguson-smyth and Nick Stuart. What a start! A 2nd county record and first since 1897 when it was found on North Slob by Rev. Marshall. There has been no records in Ireland since 1960.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Gunnera manicata & G. tinctoria

Above: G, manicata. Taken today on Forth Mountain, there were 3 clumps, one large and two small, this is the first time I have seen Gunnera reproducing in the county. The flowers spikes are very large and lay flat on the ground.
Below: G. tinctoria. Also on Forth Moutnain, very surprised as this was also reproducing. Does seem strange to come across both on the same day, especially as both were along the same road. The flower spikes stand upright.