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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.

Aster tripolium - Sea Aster

Sea Aster is frequent in the upper zone of salt-marshes as at Hayle (SW53) or in the Tamar estuary (SX45 and SX46). It is one of the few species that are successful on very exposed sea cliffs, the leathery leaves and deep-rooting system allowing it to survive the strong, salt-laden gales. This can be seen very clearly around the granite cliffs of West Penwith. Sea Aster is absent from the Isles of 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.