Thursday, May 26, 2011
A Gorse is a Gorse, of Course, of Course!
Gorse weed, Gorse (Ulex europea) is native to Ireland. According to our Guide on the tour, Joe it’s a noxious weed of deadly beauty. It resists attempts to eliminate it. This thorny plant is not only difficult to handle, but, at certain times of the year, generates within its tissues a natural flammable oil. In 1936, this characteristic all but doomed the tiny town of Bandon, County Cork, Ireland. It is not certain how the fire started, but the Gorse burned furiously and within hours the inferno had consumed 484 of the 500 buildings that made up this small town as well. Much of this weed has finally been controlled by the commercial development that has happened here. It has deprived even this hearty weed of a habitat. Note the small picture taken in the county prior to the fire. The same spot today is covered with pavement, homes and a whole neighborhood, which leaves no room for the weed!