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Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?


Postby gaffr » Fri Oct 27, 2023 9:13 am

Found beside the cycketrack close to the dualled section of the A9. The area where this grows is where there was considerable rock cutting to enable the road to be made.
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Beside the cycle track ....cut.rock area behind.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby AyrshireAlps » Fri Oct 27, 2023 9:22 am

Plenty locally, and they're becoming more of a problem due to over nutrification of farmland. You can google the science, basically the soil is too full of the fertilisers we use, and runs off into rivers, causing the rivers to choke up with many different types of stuff, increasing water temperatures due to climate change exacerbates this.

It's not just sewage that **** rivers.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby tigerburnie » Fri Oct 27, 2023 4:11 pm

They are reed mace not bull rushes, we have them dotted around in tayside.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby jmarkb » Fri Oct 27, 2023 5:23 pm

tigerburnie wrote:They are reed mace not bull rushes, we have them dotted around in tayside.


Same thing, I think (Typha latifolia).
Distribution map here - https://bsbi.org/maps?taxonid=2cd4p9h.9bp
Largely absent from the Highlands, plenty of records in the Central Belt and up the east coast.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby gaffr » Sat Oct 28, 2023 10:00 am

Bulrush, Reedmace, CatsTail ...all the same plant.
Had a wee peep into my Keble Martin to confirm.
Also fairly sure that it is T. Latifolia rather than the T. Angustifolia.
What I was interested In is how to came to be in the location beside the recently constructed dualled road/cycle path. After all of the drilling and digging that went on in area where it now grows.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby tigerburnie » Sat Oct 28, 2023 10:07 am

Lots of plants have shared common names, bit of a mine field with rushes and sedges, I was taught that Scirpus lacustris, was the Bullrush, but it's also commonly called club rush as well, no matter really, all are handsome if somewhat invasive plants.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby gaffr » Sat Oct 28, 2023 2:13 pm

Hello...your scirpus lacustris is a sedge and from family Cyperaceae...its common name is ' common bulrush' however it is quite different from typha latifolia that carries the common name Bulrush or Reedmace.
This one has the family name Typhaceae.
I don't know how that a Sedge, a near grass like plant, somehow ended up with the common name of.Bulrush?
Again I am checking out this from the Keble Martin Frora.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby WildAboutWalking » Sun Oct 29, 2023 10:40 am

Plenty in Galloway!

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Lagoon in front of Knockbrex House near Gatehouse of Fleet
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby gaffr » Mon Oct 30, 2023 8:12 am

Thanks for the Image richardh. As I would expect around wet boggy areas not that I have come across them but then I spend most of my time in the Highlands. I Will keep my eyes open when around on damp areas that I reach on my bike.
Seems a bit odd when they are growing beside a major access road to the North.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby AyrshireAlps » Mon Oct 30, 2023 9:09 am

I'd imagine like many plants they germinate wherever the wind/wading birds/whatever carry their seeds.
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Re: Bulrush.....rare in Scotland?

Postby CharlesT » Mon Dec 25, 2023 12:08 pm

AyrshireAlps wrote:I'd imagine like many plants they germinate wherever the wind/wading birds/whatever carry their seeds.

In my pond and I didn't put them there...
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