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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.

Medicago polymorpha - Hairy Medick

Range & Status

Native. Submediterranean-Subatlantic plant. As a native mainly found along the southern coast of England as far north as East Anglia, the Bristol Channel, and the Channel Islands. Also recorded as an introduction in much of England.

Regional Distribution

It occurs in five inhabited islands on the Isles of Scilly and also in a few places around the coast of Cornwall, from Padstow (SW97) to near Calstock (SX46).

Habitat & Ecology

Toothed Medick is found in dry, open habitats within coastal grassland, in old quarries, on waste-ground and occasionally as an agricultural weed. In the Isles of Scilly mainly in arable fields, disturbed ground and wall-tops.


Changes in farmland management.


Most of the 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.