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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.

Silene gallica var. anglica - Small-flowered Catchfly

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. Submediterranean-Subatlantic plant. Scattered across Britain, with the

majority of records from the south, and rare in Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Widespread in cultivated fields and other disturbed land on the inhabited islands in the Isles of Scilly (25 1km squares). In Cornwall most sites are restricted to West Cornwall; it is very rare in East Cornwall.

Habitat & Ecology

Found mainly in arable fields, and especially bulb-fields (on the Isles of Scilly), but also occurs in gardens, on allotments and waste ground. Three colour varieties are found.


The loss of cultivated fields and intensification.

00 Conservation

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.