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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.

Erica ciliaris - Dorset Heath

A Red Data Book species, Dorset Heath is most frequent between Truro and the north coast, growing mainly in wet valley heaths, as at Silverwell Moor (SW74P), Ventongimps Moor (SW75V), Carrine Common (SW74W), Penhallow Moor (SW85H) and near Carland Cross (SW85L). It may also be found at two sites on the Lizard; near Erisey (SW71E) and by Dry Tree on Goonhilly Downs (SW72F). Plants have been recorded in West Penwith, as at Chy-an-hal Moor (SW42N), but they have been planted. New sites for Dorset Heath have been found and it has now been seen on hedges, road banks and on former mining areas, such as Newlyn Downs (SW85H).


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