Taxonomy

Frangula alnus | Alder Buckthorn | Draighean fearna

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: May – June; clusters of small greenish-white flowers

Fruits: Black berries when ripe

Twigs & bark: Twigs grey/brown, hairy; bark reddish/greenish brown with white dots (lenticels). Often growing horizontal

Habitat

Fen edges, raised bogs, heaths and damp scrub/woods. Prefers acid conditions, mostly lowland 

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

 Very rare

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Favoured food plant for Brimstone butterfly caterpillars; used in the past for charcoal-making

 

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