Cytisus scoparius subsp. maritimus

Range & Status

Native; Oceanic Temperate species. Occurs in Wales (mainly Pembrokeshire), a few  isolated spots in Ireland, the Channel Islands, Lundy and one locality in Devon.

Regional Distribution

Mainly found along the southern half of the western coast of The Lizard (SW61 and SW71) and possibly at two coastal localities in north Cornwall. It has not been established whether the north coast plants are this subspecies or a prostrate form of subsp. scoparius . Currently known from four 1km squares on The Lizard and has been recorded in nine.

Habitat & Ecology

A prostrate shrub on exposed maritime cliffs and rock outcrops within a short distance of the sea.


It is relatively unthreatened, apart from cliff-falls and heath fires.


All the sites are protected, are in SSSI, or are on land manged by the National Trust or Natural England.