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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.

Eleocharis quinqueflora - Few-flowered Spike-rush

The inland records for this Spike-rush, excluding the Lizard, are largely for the last century, but most of the recent records have come from coastal localities. It is most readily seen in wet areas at the side of streams crossing coastal paths. This applies to the site east of Coverack (SW71Z, 1995, R.J.Murphy) and to the coastal flush near Doyden Point (SW98Q, 1992, A.Atkinson). The colony near Kynance Gate (SW61W) on the Lizard has been known for very many years and it can still readily be seen here. The sand dune localities seem to be under threat. It used to be known on Godrevy Towans (SW54R) and is just surviving within the army grounds at Penhale Sands (SW75Y). Few-flowered Spike-rush 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.