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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.

Poa infirma - Early Meadow-grass

Range & Status

Native; a Mediterranean-Atlantic annual plant of Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly, the

Channel Islands, and southern Hampshire. In the British Isles Early Meadow-grass is at the extreme northern limit of its range.

Regional Distribution

Widespread along the south coast of Cornwall from Rame Head (SX44) to Mullion (SW61), plus isolated sites in West Penwith (SW42, SW32 and SW33), Upton Towans (SW54), West and East Pentire (SW76) and around the mouth of the River Camel estuary (SW97). On the Isles of Scilly it is common on every inhabited island.

Habitat & Ecology

A plant of sandy and gravelly open areas, tracks, gateways, paths, especially around the coast. It does best in shallow soils, so it is often frequent around shallow rocky outcrops along well-trampled tracks and pathways.


The re-planting of grasses at Lizard Green has threatened this classic site. It is also

threatened by the loss of pathways.


Some 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.