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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.

Serapias parviflora - Small-flowered Tongue Orchid

The appearance of this orchid, in mainland Britain, above a cliff-top in south east Cornwall in 1989 excited much interest and speculation as to how it came to be there. Some believe it was planted (Stace, 1997) and others are equally certain that it arrived through wind-blown seed (Madge, 1994). It has, however, been found on dry maritime grassland on islands off the Brittany coast (Bioret, 1993; Delforge, 1995). At its Cornish site it has flowered intermittently (most recently in 1998) ever since its discovery by P.Cobbing.

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.