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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.

Cynoglossum officinale - Hound's-tongue

Range & Status

Native. Eurosiberian Temperate species. Widspread in coastal and inland parts of southeastern Britain, with sites away from here to southern Scotland mostly coastal; also on the east coast of Ireland.

Regional Distribution

A concentration of sites between Newquay (SW76) and Perranporth (SW75), especially on Penhale Sands. It also occurs at Gwithian (SW54) and at Par Beach (SX05). It has been recorded on the Isles of Scilly as a casual.

Habitat & Ecology

Hound' s-tongue grows in open areas of sand-dune, often around rabbit burrows.




Penhale and Gear Sands is a SAC, part-protected from being within the MOD site; other sites near Newquay are managed by the National Trust; and the site at Par Beach is part of a Local Nature Reserve; the site at Gwithian is not protected.

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.