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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.

Asplenium marinum - Sea Spleenwort

Sea Spleenwort is found almost all around the Cornish coast and occurs in sea caves, in crevices in cliff faces (many exposed to sea spray), on the seaward side of coastal rocks, on harbour and building walls in some of the coastal towns, and in a few places further inland, such as Carn Galver engine house (SW43I, 1997, C.N.French) and near Traboe Cross (SW72F, 1998, C.N.Page). It can be seen on the harbour walls of St. Ives (SW54F) and a magnificent stand grows at the end of a rocky inlet at Trevelgue Head (SW86G, 1995, C.N.French). Sea Spleenwort may also be found at such places as Lantic Bay (SX15K, 1990, R.S.Cropper), Tintagel (SX08P, 1992, R.E.Lees) and Seaton (SX25X, 1988, R.M.Belringer) in East Cornwall and is common in suitable situations 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.