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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.

Cytisus scoparius subsp. maritimus - Prostrate Broom

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Native; Oceanic Temperate species. Occurs in Wales (mainly Pembrokeshire), a few

isolated spots in Ireland, the Channel Islands, Lundy and one locality in Devon.

Regional Distribution

Mainly found along the southern half of the western coast of The Lizard (SW61 and

SW71) and possibly at two coastal localities in north Cornwall. It has not been established whether the north coast plants are this subspecies or a prostrate form of subsp. scoparius . Currently known from four 1km squares on The Lizard and has been recorded in nine.

Habitat & Ecology

A prostrate shrub on exposed maritime cliffs and rock outcrops within a short distance of the sea.


It is relatively unthreatened, apart from cliff-falls and heath fires.


All the sites are protected, are in SSSI, or are on land manged by the National Trust or Natural England.


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.