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by Paul Smith
20 Jul 2014, 17:26
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Identification for flowers
Replies: 5
Views: 3938

Re: Identification for flowers

Sorry, I'm catching up on this thread a bit late. I suspect the second one is Vicia sepium (bush vetch), as the flowers are more dull purple than Vicia sativa. V. sepium is also commoner in the Outer Hebrides - V. sativa is usually an introduction.

paul smith
BSBI Recorder for vc110
by Paul Smith
08 Nov 2013, 20:10
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Orchids-Northern Marsh-Heath or Early Marsh?
Replies: 1
Views: 1794

Re: Orchids-Northern Marsh-Heath or Early Marsh?

Hi Chris, I see you didn't get any takers for an id! This is early marsh orchid - Dactylorhiza incarnata, and if it was on moorland it's probably subsp pulchella (though it could be subsp incarnata). The giveaways are the rosy-coloured flowers and the unspotted leaves. Northern marsh orchid has purp...
by Paul Smith
31 May 2012, 23:22
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Spring Squill
Replies: 2
Views: 1939

Re: Spring Squill

Hi Chris, I think they're both Scilla verna . The colour varies a bit (and depends on how fresh the flowers are), but the best diagnostic character seems to be the bracts - missing or minute in S. bifolia , 5-15mm in S. verna . Unfortunately they're under the flower head, so you can't see from the p...
by Paul Smith
11 May 2012, 17:51
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Aspen catkins
Replies: 4
Views: 2659

Re: Aspen catkins

They're definitely still there, but only on a minority of trees. Fresh male catkins on one clone in the gorge at Giosla today, but other clones in the same place have none...

paul
Populus tremula male catkins (small).jpg
Aspen male catkins, Giosla gorge
by Paul Smith
11 May 2012, 17:46
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)
Replies: 5
Views: 2736

Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Only two records known to the BSBI Recorders, both in Stornoway Castle, in 1938 and 1997, so looks like it's been there a long time. Where was your record, Chris?

paul
by Paul Smith
10 May 2012, 19:16
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: spring squill
Replies: 2
Views: 1831

Re: spring squill

Spring squill is just out around Uig too. If you're admiring it, look out for plants with smutted anthers (powdery spores are released from the anthers, and the flowers look a bit dirty). I've found it a couple of times, but not everywhere.

paul
by Paul Smith
10 May 2012, 19:12
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Aspen catkins
Replies: 4
Views: 2659

Re: Aspen catkins

Thanks Chris...I've now looked at a lot round Uig parish on Lewis, and I can't find any more with catkins either, but at least the females should be visible even when they come into leaf. So please keep looking! Thanks,

paul
by Paul Smith
05 May 2012, 20:19
Forum: Plants and Flowers
Topic: Aspen catkins
Replies: 4
Views: 2659

Aspen catkins

I've been looking at aspens (Populus tremula) on cliffs for quite a few years, wondering how long they've been there and whether they reproduce. For the first time this year I've found two trees with catkins - one male and one female (the sexes are on different trees in aspen). The evidence seems to...