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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.

Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii - Babington's Leek

Range & Status

Endemic to south-west England and Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Scattered throughout Cornwall, mainly within 5km of the coast. There are concentrations on The Lizard, Penhale (SW75), Newquay (SW86), the Roseland Peninsula (SW83) and the Port Isaac area (SW98). On the Isles of Scilly it is common on the inhabited islands and may persist on Te\'e4n (SV91).

Habitat & Ecology

It occurs on roadside banks, hedges, cliff-tops, disused railways, stream-sides, ruined settlements and historic field sites, also in waste places and sandy areas. On Scilly it is also found in bulb-fields.


Few known threats, possibly only the destruction of hedges and uprooting by Man.


Very few 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.