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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.

Erodium moschatum - Musk Stork's-bill

Range & Status

Native/Archaeophyte. Mediterranean-Atlantic species. Found scattered in much of

southern Britain and Ireland, but more especially in coastal areas.

Regional Distribution

Common in the Isles of Scilly, and in Cornwall found mainly around the coast.

Habitat & Ecology

A plant of cultivated ground, especially bulb-fields, roadsides and disturbed land near the coast. It is usually associated with sandy soils.


Changes in farming practices, especially the downturn in bulb production on Scilly. Also herbicide use both in agriculture and around roadsides.

00 Conservation


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.