On the deck of the boat they all huddle together knee to knee, rubbing their ankles back to life or wiping grease off their visors with mudwort. One of the women stuffs the green tendrils of mudwort into both her nostrils, to keep the abrasive salt air out of her hacking lungs.
Around the house she has taken to plugging her nose with mudwort to keep out the smell of the citrus.
The tiny Mudwort
plant is found widely in the southern hemisphere but in Europe it is restricted to just a few sites on the north west Wales coast.
Today, wet areas of Morfa Gwyllt are a valuable habitat for rare plants such as the Welsh mudwort
(it is only found in three other places in Europe); the dwarf spike-rush and the sharp rush.
Caernarfonshire - goldilocks aster, wild cotoneaster, Welsh mudwort
, Snowdon lily, Welsh poppy, spiked speedwell;
The evening-primrose, seen on the Cob and in the Borth y Gest area, is considered to have arrived here from America in the ballast of sailing ships, as also occurred with Welsh mudwort
, from the north-east coast of the US, which is seen in muddy pools on parts of the marsh.