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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 rimosa - Broad-fruited Cornsalad

Range & Status

Archaeophyte. European Temperate species. Scattered south of a line from the Severn to the Humber in Britain and apparently extinct in Ireland.

Regional Distribution

Once found in scattered sites throughout Cornwall (in a total of 40 1km squares). It was thought to be extinct as it was not seen since 1954. However it was discovered growing along a coastal path between arable fields near Hawker' s Cove, Padstow (SW97) in 1999, and on a rocky outcrop nearby at Harbour Cove, and in an arable field near Polzeath (SW97) in 2000.

Habitat & Ecology

Arable field, coastal rocky outcrop and coastal path.


Application of herbicides and change of types of arable crop.


None of the sites are protected.


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.