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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.

Oenothera stricta - Fragrant Evening-primrose

b> Range & Status

Introduced - a native of South America that is now frequent in the Channel Isles and well established in some areas of southern Britain northwards to Norfolk and south Wales.

Regional Distribution

In Cornwall it is rare and most of the well-established colonies are in the west.

Habitat & Ecology

It is most successful on stabilised dunes and sandy ground. It can, however, occur as a casual in other habitats, such as waste ground and former mining sites.





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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.