Surrey Botanical Society

The most widespread flowering plants in Surrey

A total of 2,858 taxa have been recorded in Surrey at one time or another, although 92 of these taxa have not been recorded in the last 50 years. In the table below the 30 most widespread taxa are listed in order of the number of monads (out of 2,105 in Surrey) in which each plant is recorded. All counts are derived from MapMate (12/02/2016).

Distribution maps for all taxon in the British Isles can be found on the BSBI website.

TaxonVernacularMonadsMap
Urtica dioicaCommon Nettle1862
Quercus roburPedunculate Oak1788
Rubus fruticosus agg.Bramble1787
Taraxacum agg.Dandelion1774
Ranunculus repensCreeping Buttercup1765
Galium aparineCleavers1741
Dactylis glomerataCock's-foot1681
Fraxinus excelsiorAsh1665
Ilex aquifoliumHolly1656
Geum urbanumWood Avens1656
Crataegus monogynaHawthorn1651
Plantago lanceolataRibwort Plantain1648
Senecio jacobaeaCommon Ragwort1625
Sambucus nigraElder1622
Anthriscus sylvestrisCow Parsley1609
Poa annuaAnnual Meadow-grass1601
Geranium robertianumHerb-Robert1588
Plantago majorGreater Plantain1581
Rumex obtusifoliusBroad-leaved Dock1581
Alliaria petiolataGarlic Mustard1578
Cirsium arvenseCreeping Thistle1577
Corylus avellanaHazel1546
Heracleum sphondyliumHogweed1541
Trifolium repensWhite Clover1522
Bellis perennisDaisy1502
Holcus lanatusYorkshire-fog1442
Achillea millefoliumYarrow1420
Acer pseudoplatanusSycamore1404
Veronica chamaedrysGermander Speedwell1396
Lapsana communisNipplewort1389

Even the most widespread taxon Urtica dioica has only been recorded from 1,862 (88.5%) of the 2,105 monads in Surrey, suggesting that there is plenty of scope for recording it (and many more taxa) in a new monad.