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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.

Valerianella dentata - Narrow-fruited Cornsalad

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. European Temperate species. Mostly found in chalk and limestone areas of southern Britain, and rare in Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Historically recorded from 66 1km squares in scattered sites throughout Cornwall, it has been recorded from only 11 since 1960 and only eight since 1999. Recent sites are from east and west of the River Camel estuary, in the Padstow area (SW87 and SW97), near St. Germans (SX35), and from near Ruan Lanihorne (SW84). These areas have extensive arable fields. It has been recorded from Tresco (SV81) on the Isles of Scilly.

Habitat & Ecology

It grows on the edges of arable or bulb-fields.


Application of herbicides and change of types of arable crop.


None of the 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.