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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Genista anglica - Petty Whin

Range & Status

Native. Oceanic Temperate species. Not present in Ireland. Declining in England and

Southern Scotland.

Regional Distribution

Found on the The Lizard heaths (SW61, SW71 and SW72) and in the Culm Measures grassland of north-east Cornwall (SX28 and SX29). It has been lost from most of its former sites in north-east Cornwall, but maintains a stable population on The Lizard.

Habitat & Ecology

A plant of open heathland.


Habitat destruction explains most of the losses throughout Cornwall. Also threatened by benign neglect of suitable habitat.


Most of the remaining sites are protected.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.