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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.

Botrychium lunaria - Moonwort

Moonwort is extremely rare in Cornwall. It is possible that it is under-recorded on Bodmin Moor because plants usually appear in small numbers, often only singly. The finds at Colliford (SX17W, 1987, R.J.Murphy) were an exception. This was two or three years after the new reservoir had filled when twenty five plants of Moonwort appeared in an old field by the shoreline. The elevated watertable may have encouraged their appearance in such numbers. One spike was found at a new site, on Kit Hill (SX37Q, 1996, A.Atkinson).


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