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Interesting Aquatic Plants from the Hebrides

St Kilda

Friday 17 November 2017, 19:00.  Newcastle University РRidley Building, Lecture Hall RIDB2.1.65

The Outer Hebrides boast a wide variety of aquatic habitats which are famous for their variety of unusual aquatic plants, from machair lochs through various degrees of brackish lochs to acid lochs. Some of the less usual species include Potamogeton epihydrus, Najas flexilis, Utricularia, Elatine hexandra, E. hydropiper, Ruppias, and Zannichellia.

This talk by Claudia Ferguson-Smyth is illustrated throughout with beautiful images, including an underwater video. The controversial Newcastle botanist Professor J.W. Heslop Harrison’s view of the north American origin of two Hebridean aquatics is examined critically.

South Scotland based Claudia is a self-confessed aquatics addict, and is a photographer extraordinaire.