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 Temperate species. In the British Isles it mainly has a coastal distribution, especially in southern, western and northern areas, and appears to have been lost from many inland sites.
The Lizard and West Penwith are its strongholds in Cornwall. Elsewhere in Cornwall it has a scattered distribution and has declined markedly. It is also common and widespread in the Isles of Scilly, occurring on all the inhabited and some of the uninhabited islands.
Habitat & Ecology
An inconspicuous plant of heathland tracks, often on compacted bare soil or in slight
The surfacing of public footpaths.
Some of the sites are 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.