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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.

Carduus nutans - Musk Thistle

Musk Thistle is mainly a coastal species which grows on sand dune systems, in unimproved pastures, in cultivated fields that are allowed to lie fallow and on rough ground and waste places. It was formerly known from a scattering of inland sites, but these have become very rare indeed. It is not as frequent as it used to be around the coast from St. Ives (SW54A) as far as Par (SX05R) and is absent from the Isles of Scilly.

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.