Flora of the Isle of Mull

Thrift-April-2014-JS-01.jpgArmeria maritima - Thrift. Photo: John Sawyer.

Many people come to Mull to see wild animals such as otters, eagles and puffins. To the botanically inclined there are hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons to come to the Isle of Mull. Those reasons are the native plant species that clothe the island including vascular plants, lichens, liverworts and mosses.

There is a long history of botanical exploration on Mull stretching back to the nineteenth century when William Keddie (1850) and G. Ross (1877) undertook surveys.

More recently, in 1965 a project began to record, study and catalogue all the plants growing on Mull and its islets, and in the sea that surrounds them. 'The Island of Mull, a survey of its flora and environment' was published in 1978 and involved 34 members of the Natural History Department of the British Museum had been involved, along with colleagues from the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, the Macaulay Institute of Soil Research, Aberdeen, the Scottish Marine Biological Association, and the Mineralogy Department of the British Museum (Natural History). The final catalogue contains records of 5280 species and varieties belonging to over 1600 genera, distributed over 116,550 hectares (450 square miles) of land and a similar area of sea bed.

The following links provide more information about each of the main groups of plants on Mull:

Plant names used on this website

The plant species names stored on this website have come from a variety of sources. These include:

  • Jermy & Crabbe (1978)
  • Purvis et al (1992)
References and further readinG

Jermy, A.C and Crabbe, J.A. (Ed.) 1978. The Island of Mull: A survey of its Flora and Environment. London. British Museum (Natural History).

Purvis, O.W., Coppins, B.J., Hawksworth, D.L., James, P.W.  & Moore,  D.M. (1992). The Lichen Flora of Great Britain and Ireland.  The British  Museum (Natural History). 

This page last updated on 31 Dec 2014