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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.

Geastrum elegans - Elegant Earthstar

Range & Status

Evidently a very rare species in the British Isles, and perhaps now extinct here. Recorded in the past from only six widespread sites with only one record for the twentieth century, St. Martin' s in the Isles of Scilly in 1947. It occurs on sandy soil, usually in coastal areas, in grassland or dunes. This species is listed on the UK BAP Priority Species (2007) list.


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.