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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.

Spiranthes spiralis - Autumn Lady's-tresses

Autumn Lady' s-tresses is easily overlooked, and intermittent in occurrence, but occasionally appears in large numbers at any particular site. It is mainly a coastal species growing on fixed dunes, road verges, grassland banks and on walls, such as on the Garrison, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly (SV80Z, 1995, C.N.French). Old records would seem to indicate that it was more widespread in the past. It is also interesting to note that it was formerly recorded from mine waste. The anomalous record for SX47A is from Sylvia's Meadow where it grows with at least seven other orchid species. Other records include Predannack (SW61S, 1993, N.Harrison), Upton Towans (SW53U, 1994, D.T.Holyoak), Godrevy (SW54W, 1996, C.N.French), Gear (SW75R, 1995, B.Grant), East Pentire (SW76V, 1995, H.M.Meredith), Point (SW83E, 1991, N.De Sausmarez), St. Merryn (SW87W, 1992, S.Cull), Tregirls (SW97D, 1993, A.Joyner), Brea Hill (SW97I, 1993, H.Miles), Erth Barton (SX35T, 1996, M.Atkinson) and Southdown Quarry (SX45G, 1990, S.C.Madge).

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


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