Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii - Babington's Leek
Babington's Leek is a Red Data Book species that was first recorded on the Lizard Peninsula in the Poltesco valley in 1875. It has so increased in number and spread that it is now being considered for transfer to Scarce Plant status. It is sometimes abundant on roadside hedges, and grows on coastal cliffs, in scrub, by streams, on waste ground and in dune grassland. It is well established on parts of the Lizard (SW62 and SW72), around Hayle (SW53), the Roseland Peninsula (SW83), Newquay (SW86) and the Constantine Bay/ Polzeath area (SW87/SW97). Elsewhere it is being found in small persistent clumps as it increases its range. It is also common 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.