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
An Eurasian Southern-temperate species. Local in Cornwall, southern England, south Wales and the Channel Islands, casual elsewhere.
Probably native between Marazion (SW53) and Penzance (SW43) where it has been
known since 1688. At the other Cornish sites it is undoubtedly introduced. Recently rediscovered in Hayle (SW53) and Falmouth (SW83). It has been recorded on the Isles of Scilly from Tresco (SV81) and St. Mary' s (SV91).
Habitat & Ecology
It grows in rough, sandy ground by the sea, a sea front garden lawn, low coastal walls, sand-dunes and on sandy banks by a stream. It has also recently been found in a garden nursery and and industrial site on St. Mary' s.
Most sites are unprotected.
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.