Tall Ramping Fumitory Fumaria bastardii

September 4th 2014

Tall Ramping Fumitory Fumaria bastardii , Clachtoll

 

A chance discovery on the Clachtoll Heritage Trail walk led by David Haines on Friday, 29th August 2014 was a single plant of Tall Ramping Fumitory Fumaria bastardii in disturbed ground near the Split Rock. The flowers are 10 mm. long with dark-tipped lateral petals and it may be distinguished from all other large-flowered fumitories by the uniform colour of the upper petals. It was found during the Flora Survey of Assynt (1988-2001) only twice, on both occasions in croft vegetable plots at Clachtoll (last in 1997), although it was recorded at Achmelvich during the 1950s.

Ian Evans

Tall Ramping Fumitory Fumaria bastardii Clachtoll 29-8-14 (through microscope). Photo I. Evans
Tall Ramping Fumitory Fumaria bastardii, disturbed ground, Clachtoll, 29th August 2014 (down microscope). Photo I. Evans

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