The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.
Range & Status
Native. European Boreo-temperate plant; also in eastern Asia and North America.
Scattered across western Britain with a stronghold in the New Forest.
Always extremely rare in Cornwall and only extant at one site, Retire Common (SX06), in mid Cornwall.
Habitat & Ecology
Wet bare peaty areas of valley bog.
Lack of, or inappropriate management. The Retire Common site has been grazed by
cattle since 2005 and it is hoped that the creation of open areas will be colonised by Marsh Clubmoss.
Retire Common is a SSSI.
I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.
The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.