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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.

Eriophorum angustifolium - Common Cottongrass

Common Cottongrass is one of the few wet acid bog species which has not shown a noticeable decline in the number of places where it occurs. This suggests that the reason for the decline of other acid bog species is not simply habitat loss. Eriophorum angustifolium is particularly common on Bodmin Moor and the mid-Cornwall moors, with scattered localities elsewhere, including lowland marshes such as Loggans Moor (SW53U). It grows on the margins of ponds, within shallow pools, on Sphagnum bogs and is rare on 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.