Friday, 29 May 2015

Bromus commutatus (Meadow Brome) 4th record for Wexford

Meadow Brome was found in plenty in a small field on The Hook. Only the 4th record for the county. Here it was growing with Gaudinia fragilis (French Oat-grass) and Pale Flax

Monday, 25 May 2015

Great day recording in the Blackstair Mts today

 Had a great day recording in the Blackstair Mts today with Ciaran Byrne & Paula O'Meara. Adder's-tongue (above) was new for the hectad.
 Wood Horsetail was looking wonderful
 The aim of the walk was to re-find Bog Myrtle for the county. Last reported by Ro FitzGerald in 1992. This is the only site in the county. Above - Ciaran amongst Bog Myrtle
 Large patch of Bog Myrtle
A male & female bush

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Ranunculus parviflorus (Small-flowered Buttercup)

 Went for a walk from my house today and found Small-flowered Buttercup in two locations. The photos were taken on a gravel of  drive. S.F. Buttercup has its Irish headquarters in Wexford.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Trifolium occidentale (Western Clover) on sea cliffs at Bannow

Paula O'Meara and I went to a monad with no records to see if we could find Western Clover, which we did in several places. There were scattered Bee Orchids and we updated Avenula pubescens (Downy Oat-grass) which was lasted reported from the hectad in 1992.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hare's-tail and white Common Vetch on dunes at Rosslare Harbour

 The Hare's-tail grass was looking stunning today on the dunes at Rosslare Harbour today.
There were many plants of Common Vetch with white flowers on the dunes

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Hedera algeriensis (Algerian Ivy) new non-native for Co. Wexford

Paula O'Meara has found Algerian Ivy growing in two roadside hedges at Linzietown. This is a new species for the county and possibly the first record for Ireland of it growing wild. The leaves are very large compared to our native ivies.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Cynoglossum amabile - a new non-native species for Wexford

 I took these 3 photos back in Sept 2013 of this blue flower at Ballyconlore, but only just realised I had never put a name to the picture. This would seem to be the first record for Ireland of Cynoglossum amabile. It does not seem a very common garden escape as I have only been able to trace one other record from Wales. The flowers are said to be liked by bees.
 Fruiting stem
Showing habit of C. amabile, growing on some rough ground