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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.

Smyrnium olusatrum - Alexanders

Alexanders is an introduced species that was described in Margetts & David (1981) as a ' common plant of roadsides in coastal areas' . Davey (1909) referred to its ' appearance of a native along the coast' , but also mentions some inland stations. Still naturalised on cliffs, roadsides, hedgebanks and waste ground near the sea, it is now being recorded inland more frequently, but it is interesting to note that it remains rare on the granite uplands. It is also frequent on the Isles of Scilly.

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.