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Cornish Red Data (2009)

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.

Inula crithmoides - Golden-samphire

Range & Status

Native. Mediterranean-Atlantic species. Found in coastal sites from East Anglia to Cornwall, and north to south-western Scotland, including eastern and south-western Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Regional Distribution

Golden-samphire can be found on sea cliffs at western-most part of West Penwith (SW32), around The Lizard (SW61 and SW71) and along the north coast cliffs from Portreath (SW64) to Boscastle (SX09) and along the south-east coast from Tregantle (SX35) to Rame Head (SX44).

Habitat & Ecology

Steep, very exposed, rocky cliff slopes, often growing with Rock Sea-lavender Limonium binervosum agg.


Cliff erosion.



Click here to see Aphotoflora images by David Fenwick


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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.