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Flora of Cornwall (1999)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Flora of Cornwall (1999), which was a Tetrad Atlas (the maps had 2km square dots or Tetrads). The map on this web page depicts the plant's distribution at the 1km square scale and shows the records made pre-2000 which were used in the 1999 Flora and those made since.

Ornithopus perpusillus - Bird's-foot

Bird' s-foot is usually seen on the granite uplands on the top of dry stone walls, on banks and Cornish Hedges where there is little other vegetation present. It is also present on granite tors, quarry floors, forestry tracks, china clay waste and amongst patches of fine gravel and closely cropped grassy habitats in coastal maritime heaths. It is normally found in small numbers, but occasionally occurs in colonies of thousands of plants such as on the floors of the hut circles at Carn Euny, in Penwith (SW42E, 1991, C.N.French). Bird' s-foot is common on the Isles of Scilly.

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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.