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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.

Trifolium suffocatum - Suffocated Clover

Range & Status

Native. Mediterranean-Atlantic plant. Found as a native in mostly coastal areas from

Yorkshire south to Bristol, the Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly and Isle of Man, and rarely as an introduction in inland Britain.

Regional Distribution

Widespread and scattered on the Isles of Scilly, but very rare in Cornwall; two sites remain on the south-east coast of The Lizard (SW71), at Dollar Ogo and Hot Point.

Habitat & Ecology

A coastal plant of grassland and sandy places, especially greens and pathways. It flowers early in the year.




Most sites are unprotected in the Isles of Scilly, and the Dollar Ogo site is managed by the National Trust.


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.