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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.

Pyrus cordata - Plymouth Pear

Plymouth Pear was thought to be extinct in Cornwall until 1986, when a new site was discovered in the Truro area. This was followed by others, in field and road hedges, all around Truro. At one locality the trees are propagating by suckering and many individuals can be found.This Red Data Book species is being closely monitored and is the subject of a number of research programmes. It is also being propagated and planted in several sheltered sites where it can be observed more closely.

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.