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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.

Carex flacca - Glaucous Sedge

The distribution of Glaucous Sedge reflects its tolerance of the wind blown salt carried by westerly gales and its greater frequency on less acid soils. These factors, operating together, account for its abundance along the north coast both on the cliff-top heaths and in the calcareous (shell rich) dune slacks. It is extremely common on the Lizard and can also be found in wet valleys where there are nutrient-rich flushes, and on road verges. On the Isles of Scilly it was last recorded on Tresco in 1929 (SV81, R.Meinertzhagen).

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.