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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.

Frangula alnus - Alder Buckthorn

Widespread, but generally uncommon in Cornwall, Alder Buckthorn has been much planted in various places in West Cornwall to encourage the population of Brimstone Butterflies. It is, however, a plant of East Cornwall where it is often native and occurs in marshy valleys, in damp woodlands and sometimes along roadside hedges and in scrub on moorland edges.

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.