Anacamptis pyramidalis - Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid grows in short-cropped calcareous grassland close to the sea; on fixed sand dunes and to a lesser extent on road banks and hedges where these are affected by wind-blown sand. The inland record for this orchid was one occurrence at South Crofty mine (SW64Q, 1991, G.J.Dixon) where it did not reappear in subsequent years. It is very rare on the Isles of Scilly. Sites include Whitesand Bay (SW32T), Lelant, Phillack, Hayle, Gwithian and Godrevy Towans (SW53N, SW53U, SW54V & SW54W), Mullion Golf Course (SW62Q), Penhale Sands (SW75T), Harlyn Bay (SW87S), St. Enodoc Golf Course (SW97I), Duckpool (SS21A), and Penlee Reserve (SX44J).
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.