Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Sarcocornia perennis (Perennial Glasswort)

Patches of Sarcocornia perennis (Perennial Glasswort) submerged and  Limonium humile (Lax-flowered Sea-lavender) with heads above water.
Went Sarcocornia perennis (Perennial Glasswort) hunting with Ciaran Byrne today at Ballyteige where there were records from the 1990s. Recorded it from 5 monads. Very little was flowering, the largest population was in the pool shown above.

It was a very good day, Spiranthes spiralis (Autumn Lady's-tresses) were still flowering.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Chenopodium glaucum (Oak-leaved Goosefoot) new for Wexford

Paula O'Meara found Oak-leaved Goosefoot at Stokestown Port which is a new species for the county. Just the one plant. The leaves look like oak leaves, at least some do.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Salicornia x marshallii

Salicornia x marshallii is a hybrid between Salicornia disarticulata (pusilla) (One-flowered Glasswort) and Salicornia ramosissima (Purple Glasswort). The hybrid has some flowers single and others in groups of two or three. S. disarticulata has only one flower and S. ramosissima in groups of three. There was just one plant of the hybrid growing very close to both parents. This would seem to be the first record for Ireland.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Atriplex longipes from the River Barrow

Note the long stalks to the bracteoles, only native species of Atriplex in Ireland to have the long stalks.. This native rare plant can be found along the banks of the River Barrow. Found at the very top of the high tide line or amongst reeds and other tall vegetation along the river.