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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.

Ophrys apifera - Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid is rare in Cornwall as it requires calcareous soils. It is well established at two sites: on an orchid-rich bank and road verge by the B3301 west of Hayle (SW53N) and on the Rame Peninsula (SX44J and SX44P). Elsewhere it can appear sporadically, most likely through the use of coastal sand, such as in a well-shaded garden at Trelispen (SW53K, 1992, C.N.French) and at Relubbas (SW53Q, 1988, N.J.Tregenza).

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.