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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.

Orchis mascula - Early-purple Orchid

Early-purple Orchid is a conspicuous feature of many road banks, verges and closely cropped Cornish Hedges, but is absent from the Isles of Scilly. It also grows in woodland, on hilly slopes and along cliff-tops. White-flowered forms occur as well as forms with unspotted leaves. This orchid is extremely abundant in south-east Cornwall and on one occasion nearly 800 spikes appeared in the central reservation of the A38, east of Clicker (SX26V, 1985, E.Griffiths).

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.