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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.

Blechnum spicant - Hard-fern

Hard-fern is very common in Cornwall except along the coastline, on the Lizard and on the Isles of Scilly. Tolerant of a high degree of shade it can be found in places that are too dark for other ferns and grows in a wide variety of habitats, including woodland, Salix carr, undercliffs, scrub, coastal and inland heaths, shaded hedgebanks, mine spoil, quarries, stream banks and crevices in the granite tors.

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