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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.

Platanthera chlorantha - Greater Butterfly-orchid

Range & Status

Native. European Temperate orchid. Found throughout the British Isles, especially

southern and north-western England, Wales, northern Ireland and southern Scotland. Declining due to site loss and changes in land-use.

Regional Distribution

Found mostly on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, such as St. Cleer Downs (SX26) and

Treslea Downs (SX26), around Goss Moor (SW96), Luckett (SX37) and Sylvia' s Meadow, near Callington (SX47). It appears to have been declining in Cornwall since at least the 1960s.

Habitat & Ecology

In heathland tracks, unimproved grassland, and edges of scrub and woodland.


Loss of sites and scrub encroachment.


Some sites are 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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.