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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.

Papaver argemone - Prickly Poppy

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. European Southern-temperate species. A plant of the southern half of

England, particularly the chalk areas. Outliers occur in Scotland and the Isles of Man and a scatter of records in lowlands elsewhere.

Regional Distribution

Probably extinct in Cornwall. Recorded from 29 1km squares between 1850 and 1996, mostly near the coast. It has not been seen since.

Habitat & Ecology

Arable fields and disturbed ground.


Herbicide and change of crop regime.




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.