Spergularia bocconei - Greek Sea-spurrey
Greek Sea-spurrey is a Red Data Book species of dry sandy ground and marginal habitats. At Land's End (SW32M, 1984, E. Griffiths) a few plants were still surviving in one of the car parks in 1989 but had gone by the end of the same year (R. Fitzgerald, 1989). At Par it seems to be a classic ballast alien that became established in the docks and on available sandy ground. Abundant here in 1984 (SX05R, A.J. Byfield) it may well have gone from the docks but still survives in small numbers on sandy tracks at the western end of the beach (SX05R, 1988, P.A. Gainey and 1989, R.J. Murphy). One new site was discovered on sandy ground by an inlet of the Camel Estuary (SW97C, 1996, H.M. Meredith). It has been searched for on the Isles of Scilly, but not refound, on Porth Hellick Strand.
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French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.