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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.

Calyptrochaeta apiculata

Range & Status

(syn. Eriopus apiculatus (Hook.f. & Wilson) Mitt.). Native of the S. Hemisphere, in S. Africa, Chile, Argentina and Australasia. Almost certainly an accidental introduction to the British Isles, where known only from the Isles of Scilly (Paton, 1968, 1969), E. Sussex (Stern, 1991) and E. Cork (Hill et al ., 2008).

Regional Distribution

Known only from Tresco, where it was first found in 1967; almost certainly an introduction with horticultural plants.

Habitat & Ecology

On Tresco it grows in small quantities in several places on shaded loamy or humic soil of banks in and near the Abbey Gardens; only sterile and female plants occur (Paton, 1968, 1969, pers. comm.).


None apparent in 1995 and 2003.



Click here to see Dr. David Holyoak's Bryophyte Flora for this species


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.