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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.

Orobanche alba - Thyme Broomrape

Range & Status

Native. European Temperate plant; also in Central Asia. Found in the Pennines, western Scotland, northern and western Irish coasts, and Cornwall.

Regional Distribution

Apart from one other recent site at Kiberick Cove (SW93), it is restricted to The Lizard

coast (SW61 and SW71).

Habitat & Ecology

On The Lizard it parasitises Wild Thyme Thymus polytrichus , where that species grows on ultra-basic rocks. It is most common in short-turf coastal grassland within 100 metres of the cliff-top.


The scrubbing up of coastal maritime grassland.


Most of the sites are protected and managed by the National Trust or Natural England.

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.