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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.

Hammarbya paludosa - Bog Orchid

Range & Status

Native. Circumpolar Boreal-montane orchid. Found in the New Forest, Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Wales, northern England and Scotland, Ireland and the Shetlands.

Regional Distribution

Not seen for several years and notoriously difficult to locate. It was last seen at Pendrift Downs on Bodmin Moor (SX17) in 1995, and probably still occurs somewhere on the Moor, and has also been looked for without success at Retire Common (SX06), last seen here in 1993.

Habitat & Ecology

In open patches in wet boggy situations. It is presumed to be a colonist of suitable





The most recent finds were in SSSI.

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.