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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.

Cynodon dactylon - Bermuda-grass

Range & Status

An Eurasian Southern-temperate species. Local in Cornwall, southern England, south Wales and the Channel Islands, casual elsewhere.

Regional Distribution

Probably native between Marazion (SW53) and Penzance (SW43) where it has been

known since 1688. At the other Cornish sites it is undoubtedly introduced. Recently rediscovered in Hayle (SW53) and Falmouth (SW83). It has been recorded on the Isles of Scilly from Tresco (SV81) and St. Mary' s (SV91).

Habitat & Ecology

It grows in rough, sandy ground by the sea, a sea front garden lawn, low coastal walls, sand-dunes and on sandy banks by a stream. It has also recently been found in a garden nursery and and industrial site on St. Mary' s.




Most 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.

Cornish Biodiversity Network. 2017.