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!