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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.

Orobanche rapum-genistae - Greater Broomrape

Range & Status

Native. Suboceanic Southern-temperate species. Mainly found in western and southern Britain, south-east Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Regional Distribution

Formerly widely scattered in Cornwall, since 1999 it is only known from Stanbury Mouth near Bude (SS11) and near Sticker (SW95).

Habitat & Ecology

Always very rare, surprising given the abundance of its host plants (European Gorse Ulex europaeus and Broom Cytisus scoparius ) in Cornwall. Found in coastal grassland and scrub and on a road verge.



00 Conservation

Both recent sites are unprotected.

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.