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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.

Euphorbia exigua - Dwarf Spurge

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. European Southern-temperate species. Widespread in much of lowland Britain and rarer in Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Largely disappeared from West Cornwall, Dwarf Spurge has a concentration of sites

around the Camel estuary (SW97), the Roseland (SW94), Bude (SS20), and scattered across south-east Cornwall (SX35).

Habitat & Ecology

Most often found along the margin of arable fields with shillet soils (with many small slaty stones).


Intensification of arable farming and the conversion of arable to pasture.


None of the sites are known to be 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.