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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.

Dryopteris carthusiana - Narrow Buckler-fern

This is a fern that can die out very quickly when the habitat dries. There are a number of old records for the fern from wet moorland but some of these sites have now been planted with conifers and this explains why recent records are often from conifer plantations. Much effort has been put into refinding some of the old sites and the fern can still be seen in abundance on Breney Common (SX06K) and in the mid-Cornwall moors. In such places it can be found amongst Molinia tussocks or in lightly shaded damp Salix/Betula woodland by streams. Narrow Buckler-fern has been recorded on 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.