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
Archaeophyte. European Southern-temperate species. Widespread in much of lowland Britain and rarer in Ireland.
Largely disappeared from West Cornwall, Dwarf Spurge has a concentration of sites
around the Camel estuary (SW97), the Roseland (SW94), Bude (SS20), and scattered across south-east Cornwall (SX35).
Habitat & Ecology
Most often found along the margin of arable fields with shillet soils (with many small slaty stones).
Intensification of arable farming and the conversion of arable to pasture.
None of the sites are known to be protected.
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.