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White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

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White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by chrisjohnson » 11 May 2012, 09:18

This is an introduced species that is now whidespread in Scotland. However, Pankhurst & Mullin only have a single record for Castle Grounds, Stornoway. Does anyone know if this is still extant and if there are any other records for VC110?
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Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by YvonneB » 11 May 2012, 10:59

When i lived in Lewis there was quite an extensive area of Butterburr at Bragar, on the roadside of the machair area as you approach the shore.

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Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by chrisjohnson » 11 May 2012, 12:21

Hi Yvonne

Did you see it in flower? These is a lot of the common Butterbur Petasites hybridus on the islands.

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Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by YvonneB » 11 May 2012, 14:51

Hi Chris

No i never saw it in flower :(

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Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by Paul Smith » 11 May 2012, 17:46

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?

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Re: White Butterbur (Petasites albus)

Post by chrisjohnson » 12 May 2012, 13:30

The record I found was the 1938 one in Lews Castle grounds.

I don't have a record for VC110 but photographed it on Deeside earlier this year. My intention was to use the image on our website and use the historical data as interesting text.

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