Arran's unique trees

Arran’s unique trees

The trees planted adjacent to the coffee shop at the East Gate Lodge include three species found only on Arran on the west coast of Scotland. The origin of these trees lies in the shocking idea of sex between different species (quite unremarkable to botanists who see plant hybrids as perfectly normal). All three of […]

Leratiomyces ceres- the Redlead Roundhead

Leratiomyces ceres- the Redlead Roundhead

Leratiomyces ceres is a common and easily recognised fungus which can be found throughout the Botanics from summer to late autumn. It grows mainly on woodchip mulches but can occasionally be found growing on grass or bare soil. Though now quite common within the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, L.ceres was once considered rare in the […]

Two long-lost Scottish mosses re-discovered

Two long-lost Scottish mosses re-discovered

Bryologists at RBGE are actively engaged in recording bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts) in Scotland, and 2014 turned out to be an eventful year, when we made two exciting and unexpected discoveries in the Perthshire Highlands and Scottish Borders. Both of these were made on field meetings run by the British Bryological Society (BBS), the […]

Life in the freezer

Life in the freezer

Forked spleenwort (Asplenium septentrionale) is one of Britains oddest looking ferns. The narrow forking fronds look similar to some seaweeds. The way that the fronds droop from rock faces just adds to the marine feel of this curious little plant. But this plant is not just a curiosity. It is both nationally scarce (16-100 records […]