Pictorial blethers

By blethers

Lovely lichen

This twig was lying at the side of the track along Loch Eck this damp afternoon, catching my eye with its almost luminous colour on such a gloomy day. We'd just been discussing the recent discovery of the rare Tunbridge filmy fern (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense), which was located near Benmore Gardens' Golden Gates. This tiny fern with a frond that is only a single cell thick is restricted to humid sites and is a speciality of the Celtic rainforest that survives in the area around Benmore in fragments of native coastal woodland. Though this specimen is much more common, I loved its delicate tracery and the fact that the twig still had a cone on it.

You can read more about the extraordinary diversity of this kind of flora Benmore Gardens and its surrounding area here.

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