Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Oenothera x fallax on dunes south of Morriscastle

The above 3 pictures were taken this summer on the dunes south of Morriscastle. Ro FitzGerald first recorded this hybrid from the dunes in 1990. I sent my specimen to Rose Murphy the BSBI referee for Oenothera. Very glad that Rose agreed with my and Ro's ID. This hybrid evening-primrose grows in several spots on the dunes here. There are two other records for the county, both on waste ground. Neither of the parents grow on the dunes at Morriscastle.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Kniphofia at Rosslare Harbour

Red-hot-pokers have been established on the cliffs above Rosslare Harbour since David McClintock reported it as Kniphofia uvaria in 1950, this year I decided to make the effort to record the slopes above the harbour. I studied the Red-hot-poker and have decided they are K. praecox. I'm sure what I was seeing is the same plants as what David was seeing as they are in the same location and clumps of many sizes. The plants must be regenerating by seed as they are well scattered over the cliffs. Did K. uvaria once grow there?

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Alopecurus myosuroides - 3rd county record

Four flower spikes of Black-grass in a potato field near Blackwater. This is only the 3rd record for the county.