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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.

Asparagus prostratus - Sea Asparagus

Range & Status

Native. Oceanic Temperate species; coasts of western Europe from northern Spain to south-east Ireland and north-west Germany. Found in Dorset, the Channel Islands, South Wales and south-east Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Most common on The Lizard coast (SW61 and SW71) and also found at four locations on the north coast of Cornwall, as well as at St. Levan (SW32) on West Penwith. The overall population appears stable.

Habitat & Ecology

Steep maritime slopes in broken, stony ground or on steep grassy Red Fescue Festuca rubra slopes. At one site it is grows in rocky litter derived from mine-workings.


Recently threatened at one site by the introduction of Highland cattle, and the spread of Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus sp. may be detrimental at another site.


All sites are in protected areas.

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.