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Flora of Cornwall (1999)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Flora of Cornwall (1999), which was a Tetrad Atlas (the maps had 2km square dots or Tetrads). The map on this web page depicts the plant's distribution at the 1km square scale and shows the records made pre-2000 which were used in the 1999 Flora and those made since.

Pteridium aquilinum - Bracken

Bracken is extremely common and widespread over moorland, cliffs and on hill slopes. On exposed moorland areas in West Cornwall it provides shelter for a number of species normally characteristic of woodland, such as Bluebell ( Hyacinthoides non-scripta ), Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) and Wood Sorrel ( Oxalis acetosella ). These plants benefit from the shelter provided by Bracken and complete their life cycle before the cover of Bracken reaches its zenith in the summer months.

Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.