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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.

Carex montana - Soft-leaved Sedge

A Nationally Scarce sedge that is extremely rare in Cornwall, Carex montana has only ever been found here at four sites. A plant of light-shaded woodland and grassy areas on base-rich mature soils, it was first recorded in Hustyn Wood, near Wadebridge in 1878 but has not been seen since and R.W.David considered the record as ' suspicious' (B.S.B.I. News, 10, p.17). In 1936 J.E.Lousley found the sedge on a cliff-top at Carbis Bay near St. Ives (SW53J) and it was still present here in 1984 (B.M.Sturdy). Again on the north coast, a further population was found between Cross Coombe and Pen a Grader, this time on Maritime Heath (SW75G, 1975, L.J.Margetts). It was still here in 1988 (R.J.Murphy). The fourth record was made on the Lizard, in a type of Erica vagans heath south of Croft Pascoe Plantation (SW72E/SW72J, A.J.Byfield). At present it is still plentiful at this site (1993, P.A.Gainey).


French, C.N., Murphy, R.J. & Atkinson, M. 1999. Flora of Cornwall. Wheal Seton Press, Camborne.