Moenchia erecta - Upright Chickweed
Upright Chickweed has not recently been recorded from inland sites in Cornwall, apart from the one record from the Council tip at Gwinear (SW53Y, 1981, B.E.Jackson). Instead, it is found in dry grassland and stony patches at the edge of coastal cliffs. West of Helston it seems to have declined and is certainly very rare. However, along the south coast cliffs, from the Lizard to Rame Head it can be very frequent. Sites include Vessacks (SW32V, 1993, C.N.French), Predannack Wollas (SW61S, 1994, D.E.Coombe), Rosen Cliff (SW93I, 1991, R.J.Murphy), near Gorran Haven (SX04G, 1995, M.Atkinson), Pencarrow Head (SX15K, 1992, G.C.Matthews), the Polperro coastal path (SX25A, 1995, M.Atkinson), and Trethill Cliffs (SX35R, 1992, R.W.Gould).
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.