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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.

Arum maculatum - Lords-and-ladies

Lords-and-Ladies is common and widespread away from the granite areas, but is absent from the Isles of Scilly. It is most noticeable before flowering, when many more plants are visible, as only a proportion actually flower in a season. In West Cornwall Arum maculatum rarely has black spots on the leaves, whereas blotched-leaved forms are more common in East Cornwall, though still infrequent. The junction between the two populations appears to be in the Wadebridge area where both forms can be found growing alongside each other. The distribution map seems to suggest that Lords-and-Ladies is commoner in the more sheltered valleys of the river systems.

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.