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.
Range & Status
Native. European Temperate orchid. Largely restricted to southern Britain and Ireland. It has suffered a considerable decline.
Restricted to The Lizard, mostly on the western coast (SW61), and Rosemullion Head (SW72).
Habitat & Ecology
Cliff-top, sedge-rich turf and herb-rich grassland.
The population is fairly stable with no apparent threats.
The extant sites are all protected; Rosemullion Head is managed by the National Trust and The Lizard sites are managed by Natural England and the National Trust.
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.