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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.

Solenopsora liparina - Serpentine Solenopsora

Range & Status

This species prefers near-vertical, ultramafic serpentine rocks in sunny, south-facing

positions near the coast. Here it often grows in close association with another rare lichen Collema latzelii . A Mediterranean species, described as new to the British lichen flora from the Lizard Peninsula which remains its only British site. All the known sites lie within a NNR or SSSI. Recent survey work has revealed numerous populations in the Kynance Cove area, some of which are prone to heathland fires.


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.