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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.

Erophila verna - Common Whitlowgrass

Common Whitlowgrass is present in Cornwall as two varieties . E. verna var. praecox (Steven) Diklic, (listed in Margetts and David, 1981 and in Margetts and Spurgin, 1991 as ssp. spathulata (A.F.Lang) Walters) has been recorded on sand dunes. These include Gwithian Towans (SW54), Kennack Sands (SW71), Penhale Sands (SW75) and Constantine Bay (SW87). Plants of this variety can be found at these localities growing both on the dunes and on nearby hedgebanks affected by blown sand. E. verna var. verna occurs on the Lizard and is scattered elsewhere, growing on open dry ground around low rocky outcrops, on paths and tracks, as well as on walls and station platforms. The accompanying map includes records for both varieties.

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.