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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.

Polypogon viridis - Water Bent

This introduced grass is most common in the china clay district around St. Austell where it occurs on china clay tips, waste ground and on disused railway lines. It is also found in harbour situations such as at Fowey (SX15F, 1980s, A.L.Grenfell), Par (SX05R, 1985, K.L.Spurgin) and Pentewan (SX04D, 1991, P.E.Tompsett) and was found at Long Rock on waste ground (SW53A, 1981, B.M.Sturdy). Water Bent 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.