Asplenium marinum - Sea Spleenwort
Sea Spleenwort is found almost all around the Cornish coast and occurs in sea caves, in crevices in cliff faces (many exposed to sea spray), on the seaward side of coastal rocks, on harbour and building walls in some of the coastal towns, and in a few places further inland, such as Carn Galver engine house (SW43I, 1997, C.N.French) and near Traboe Cross (SW72F, 1998, C.N.Page). It can be seen on the harbour walls of St. Ives (SW54F) and a magnificent stand grows at the end of a rocky inlet at Trevelgue Head (SW86G, 1995, C.N.French). Sea Spleenwort may also be found at such places as Lantic Bay (SX15K, 1990, R.S.Cropper), Tintagel (SX08P, 1992, R.E.Lees) and Seaton (SX25X, 1988, R.M.Belringer) in East Cornwall and is common in suitable situations on the Isles of Scilly.
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.