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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.

Cicendia filiformis - Yellow Centaury

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Native; A Submediterranean-Subatlantic species. Found in extreme south-west Wales, central-southern England, south-west Ireland, the Channel Islands and Cornwall, with very few sites elsewhere in southern England.

Regional Distribution

It is locally frequent on The Lizard (SW61 and SW71), and found more rarely on Goss Moor (SW96) and near Carrine Common (SW74). It has disappeared from most of its former sites except on The Lizard. It was once known from 93 1km squares.

Habitat & Ecology

Heathland, especially open habitats along damp winter-wet tracks and in short, damp turf, often associated with rock outcrops.


Loss of suitable habitat, often due to scrub encroachment, as well as by the re-surfacing of heathland tracks.


The management of suitable sites that maintain a regime of reduced competition from more vigorous plants is needed. Most of the remaining sites are protected.

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.