Tall Ramping Fumitory (Fumaria bastardii)

September 4th 2014

Tall Ramping Fumitory (Fumaria bastardii)

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. It was in disturbed ground near the Split Rock.

The flowers are 10 mm. long with dark-tipped lateral petals. 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 it was in croft vegetable plots at Clachtoll (last in 1997), although it was recorded at Achmelvich during the 1950s.

Ian Evans

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