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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.

Hypochaeris maculata - Spotted Cat's-ear

Range & Status

Native: an Eurosiberian Temperate perennial plant; it grows in Jersey and in Britain from Cornwall north to Westmoreland, but always of very restricted and local occurrence.

Regional Distribution

In Cornwall it is found at two widely-separated coastal sites, one at Porthtowan (SW64) on the north coast and one near Kynance on The Lizard (SW61).

Habitat & Ecology

The colony on the north coast grows on a grassy slope that is affected by blown sand. There are two colonies at Kynance, the plants growing in shallow soil around base-rich serpentine outcrops.


None known.


Though rare, the sites appear to be stable and are SSSI.

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.