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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.

Gentianella amarella - Autumn Gentian

Autumn Gentian is rare and local in Cornwall. It is found at a few coastal grassland locations such as Rushy Green, near Crantock (SW76V, 1994, H.M.Meredith) and Efford Down near Bude (SS20D, 1986, T.J.Dingle). Populations can vary from year to year. R.W.David recorded the plant intermittently in dune grassland near Rock between 1967 and 1979. It was seen again in 1992 and 1993, then in 1998 it appeared in thousands (SW97H, H.M.Meredith). The site at Towan Head, where one plant was recorded in 1993 (SW86B, H.M.Meredith) has now been destroyed by the construction of a sewage pumping station.


French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.