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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.

Spergula arvensis - Corn Spurrey

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Archaeophyte; found throughout the British Isles and rapidly declining overall. Eurosiberian Wide-Temperate species.

Regional Distribution

Recorded in 777 1km squares in Cornwall, of which 407 since 1999. It has been recorded throughout Cornwall but appears to be more widespread west, south and east of Bodmin Moor, and especially so in West Penwith. In the Isles of Scilly it has been recorded on all five inhabited islands.

Habitat & Ecology

In Cornwall, Corn Spurrey is quite a common weed of arable fields on more acid soils, and is also seen in gardens and in waste places where the soil has been disturbed. In arable fields it is often found with Field Woundwort Stachys arvensis . In the Isles of Scilly it is a common and widespread constituent of bulb and other arable fields.


Agricultural change.

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Most sites are unprotected.


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.