Flora of the Lough Fad blanket bog to the south-west of Lough Derg

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Title

Flora of the Lough Fad blanket bog to the south-west of Lough Derg

Subject

Lough Derg--Region--Lough Fad Bog--Nature Reserve

Description

The flora of the Lough Fad Bog National Heritage Area (NHA)

Creator

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland

Source

Site Synopsis, Lough Fad Bog National Heritage Area (NHA) entry

Publisher

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland

Date

9 December 2003

Rights

CC BY 4.0 International License

Format

Environmental National Heritage Area (NHA) entry

Language

English

Type

Biodiversity database

Identifier

DD_0301

Coverage

54.5797, -7.93149

References

Site code: 001159

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The vegetation of the site is characterised by blanket bog species. The most dominant include Ling Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Purple Moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), Common Cottongrass (Eriophorum angustifolium), the locally occurring species Oblong-leaved Sundew (Drosera intermedia), Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Crossleaved Heath (Erica tetralix), White Beak-sedge (Rhynchospora alba), Bog Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum), Deergrass (Scirpus cespitosus), Carnation Sedge (Carex panicea) and lichens (Cladonia portentosa and C. uncialis). Bog moss lawns and hummocks are locally frequent, consisting of Sphagnum capillifolium, S. subnitens, S. imbricatum, S. auriculatum, S. papillosum and S. compactum. Large cushions of Racomitrium lanuginosum and Leucobryum glaucum also occur. Localised flushes and wet areas on the bog surface add to the diversity of species, with plants such as Bottle Sedge (Carex rostrata), Jointed Rush (Juncus articulatus), Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris), Bog Pimpernel (Anagallis tenella), Broad-leaved Pondweed (Potamogeton natans), Star Sedge (Carex echinata) and Sphagnum recurvum. Small-scale local hydrological variation in the form of natural drainage channels, a quaking basin bog in a small depression and a swallow hole add substantially to the total species list.
Shallower peat soils support wet heath and acid grassland habitat. Such areas have species such as Wavy Hair-grass (Deschampsia flexuosa), Sweet Vernal-grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum), Devil’s-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris), Yorkshire Fog (Holcus lanatus), Wild Thyme (Thymus praecox), Tormentil (Potentilla erecta) and the moss Hylocomium splendens.

Citation

National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland, “Flora of the Lough Fad blanket bog to the south-west of Lough Derg,” Digital Derg: A Deep Map, accessed February 3, 2023, https://digitalderg.eu/items/show/321.

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