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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.

Dryopteris affinis - Scaly Male-fern

Scaly Male-fern is common and widespread in woodland and other shaded habitats such as roadside hedges, banks and rocky cuttings. It is rare on the Isles of Scilly and scarce along the coast and on the more exposed areas of Bodmin Moor. According to the classification used in Stace (1997), two subspecies of the fern are present in Cornwall. These are ssp. affinis and ssp. borreri . Two other forms may also be present, paleaceo-lobata and robusta (Jermy & Camus, 1991).

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