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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.

Euphorbia peplis - Purple Spurge

A Red Data Book species, Purple Spurge has long been extinct in Britain, although as the resurgence of Polygonum maritimum has shown, it is possible it may still reappear, as suitable habitats remain along the coastline. It was last reported from Downderry (SX35B, A..W. Graveson) in 1949, and also occurred on such beaches as Porth Hellick Bay, Isles of Scilly (SV91F), where it was last seen in 1936, between Penzance and Marazion (SW53A), last recorded in 1934-5, and at Talland, Polperro (SX25) in 1903.


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