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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.

Hyoscyamus niger - Henbane

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Archaeophyte; Eurosiberian southern-temperate species. Mainly south-east England, but also the coast of Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and the Channel Islands.

Regional Distribution

A coastal rarity that persists in the dunes of Hayle Towans (SW53) and Penhale Sands (SW75) and sporadically occurs at other sites. In Cornwall it has been found in 82 1km squares in total and six since 1999. Rare in the Isles of Scilly where it occurs intermittently in dunes on Tresco (SV81).

Habitat & Ecology

Irregularly occurs on sand-dunes. A casual elsewhere, particularly on open, disturbed ground.



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Most 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.