Cornish Heath, Goonhilly Downs, Lizard, Cornwall
Flower spikes with leaves at the top
Close-up of flowers with projecting stamens
Stigmas protruding through ring of anthers
Whorls of leaves and woody stems
July to September
Native Cornish Heath is found on the Lizard Peninsular in
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on dry heaths
Cornish Heath is a native, mound-forming shrub, growing up
It covers large areas of heathland on the Lizard.
The flowers are in broad, leafy, cylindrical spikes often topped
with leaves and up to 16cm.
Flowers are bell-shaped, up to 1cm, with a colour range from
pale pink to lilac.
The 4 stamens have white filaments and brownish-purple anthers,
which protrude from the flower.
The stigma is pink or white and also protrudes.
The pedicels (flower stalks) are pink and longer than the flowers.
The leaves are in whorls of 4-5, up to 1cm, linear, recurved at the
margin and bright green.
It is a diffuse shrub with many upright stems and erect branches.
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