Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Circaea alpina

Yesterday evening I took a trip up the Llyfnant Valley to a gorge on the Ceredigion Montgomeryshire border where Circaea alpina can be found. Recent (post 2000) Welsh records of this rare species are from the Llyfnant site and, according to BSBI Maps, Caernarfonshire and Brecknockshire (though recent records are not listed in the county rare plant register). Two historic sites for the species in Merionethshire haven't been updated for some time and there are a number of  (doubtful?) records for Montgomeryshire on NBN Gateway but not BSBI Maps.  

Circaea alpina,
Llyfnant Valley, SN7596, VC46

Having seen the plant in situ (though not yet in flower) I carried on to Corris; one of the historic Merioneth sites. No luck here but I was running out of light and didn't cover much of the site so there's still potential.

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