|Betonica officinalis |
Photo: John Crellin
The walk along lanes back to the car would repay another visit - it must be lovely in summer, with Bitter-vetch, Lathyrus linifolius and Betony, Betonica officinalis, lining the hedgebanks.
Much of the walk was on the new-ish Arfordir long distance footpath and the plants we recorded also made it definitely worth a plan to revisit in the summer, and in better conditions: there was a promising-looking bog with Viola palustris subsp juressi, which I suspect prefers 'better' habitat than the commoner subspecies V. palustris subsp palustris.
It was pleasing to find that we managed to record over 70 species on such a really wet day in late October.
|Viola palustris showing hairy petiole [on the left], with the bracteole above the mid point of the peduncle. |
Photo taken in Ireland in July 2012