Very rare plant at Kynance Cove in Cornwall: Hairy Greenweed

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Hairy Greenweed is a very rare plant, only found in west Cornwall and Wales, so it was a bit of a surprise to find so much of it on the slopes above Kynance Cove on The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

There were many cushions of yellow clinging to the rocky outcrops to the north of the beach.

It was worth getting a closer look since then you can see the stems, leaves and flowers are all hairy giving the plant its name.

The Lizard peninsula is a magnificent area for botanists and considered to be one of the best sites in Britain. It has approximately 20 nationally rare species, 50 nationally scarce species and a wonderful abundance of other more common species.

Click the links below to read our posts on some of the rare species to be found here:

Insight into Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa): a prostrate, pubescent shrub with yellow flowers found on maritime heath, grassland and cliffs in west Cornwall and Wales.

It is native and flowers in May and June.

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