Arum maculatum - Lords-and-ladies
Lords-and-Ladies is common and widespread away from the granite areas, but is absent from the Isles of Scilly. It is most noticeable before flowering, when many more plants are visible, as only a proportion actually flower in a season. In West Cornwall Arum maculatum rarely has black spots on the leaves, whereas blotched-leaved forms are more common in East Cornwall, though still infrequent. The junction between the two populations appears to be in the Wadebridge area where both forms can be found growing alongside each other. The distribution map seems to suggest that Lords-and-Ladies is commoner in the more sheltered valleys of the river systems.
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.