S.I. No. 274/1987 - Flora (Protection) Order 1987.

S.I. No. 274 of 1987.


I, RAY MACSHARRY, Minister for Finance, considering that each of the species of flora specified in the Schedule to the following Order should be protected, hereby, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 21 of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (No. 39 of 1976), and the Wildlife (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order, 1987 ( S.I. No. 156 of 1987 ), order as follows:

1. This Order may be cited as the Flora (Protection) Order, 1987.

2. (1) Each of the species of flora specified in column (1) of the Schedule to this Order is hereby declared to be protected throughout the State.

(2) The common name of each of the species of flora specified in the said column (1) is set out in column (2) of the said Schedule opposite the mention of the species.

(3) In case a species of flora specified in the said column (1) is partly comprised of flora which are not flora within the meaning of the Wildlife Act, 1976 (No. 39 of 1976), this Article shall be construed and have effect in relation to that species as if, "in so far as it is comprised of flora within the meaning of the Wildlife Act, 1976 ," were inserted before "is hereby declared" in paragraph (1) of this Article.

3. The Flora (Protection) Order, 1980 ( S.I. No. 338 of 1980 ), is hereby revoked.



Scientific Name


Common Name

Acinos arvensis (Lam.) Dandy


Allium schoenoprasum L.


Arenaria ciliata L.

Irish Sandwort

(incl. ssp. hibernica Ostent. & Dahl.)

Arthrocnemum perenne (Miller) Moss

Perennial Glasswort

(syn. Salicornia perennis Mill)

Asparagus officinalis L. Asplenium billotii F. Schultz

Wild Asparagus Lanceolate Spleenwort

(syn. A. obovatum Viv, A. lanceolatum Huds. proparte)

Asplenium septentrionale (L.)

Forked Spleenwort


Astragalus danicus Retz.

Purple Milk Vetch

Calamagrostis epigejos (L.) Roth


Campanula trachelium L.

Bats-in-the Belfry

Cardamine impatiens L.

Narrow-leaved Bitter Cress

Cardaminopsis petraea (L.) Hiit.

Northern Rockcress

Carex depauperata Curt.

Starved Wood Sedge

Centaurium pulchellum (Swartz)

Lesser Centaury


Colchicum autumnale L.

Autumn Crocus

Cryptogramma crispa (L.) Hook.

Parsley Fern

Deschampsia setacea (Huds.) Hack.

Bog Hair Grass

Epilobium alsinifolium Vill.

Chickweed Willow Herb

(syn. E. alpinum L. proparte)

Erica ciliaris L.

Dorset Heath Grass

Eriophorum gracile Roth.

Slender cotton Grass

Galeopsis angustifolia Hoffm.

Narrow-leaved Hemp Nettle

Groenlandia densa (L.) Fourr.

Opposite-leaved Pondweed

(syn. Potamogeton densus L., P. serratus L.)

Gymnocarpium robertianum

Limestone Fern

(Hoffm.) Newm.

(syn. Thelypteris robertiana

(Hoffm.) Slosson)

Hammarbya paludosa (L.) O

Bog Orchid


(syn. Malaxis paludosa (L.) Sw.)

Helianthemum nummularium (L.)

Common Rockrose


Hordeum secalinum Schreb.

Meadow Barley

Hydrilla verticillata (L. fil.) Royle

Irish Hydrilla

Hypericum canddense L.

Canadian St. John's Wort

Hypericum hirsutum L.

Hairy St. John's Wort

Inula salicina L.

Willow-leaved Inula

Kickxia elatine (L.) Dum.


Lathyrus japonicus Willd.

Sea Pea

Logfia minima (L.) Dumort

Slender Cudweed

syn. Filago minima (Sm.) Pers.)

Lotus subbiflorus Lag.

Hairy Birdsfoot Trefoil

(syn. L. hispidus Desf. ex DC.)

Mentha pulegium L.

Penny Royal

Mertensia maritima (L.) S. F. Gray

Oyster Plant

Minuartia recurva (All.) Schinz & Thell.

Recurved Sandwort

Misopates orontium (L.) Rafin.

Lesser Snapdragon

Najas flexilis (Wilid.) Rostk. & Schimdt

Slender Naiad

Oenanthe pimpinelloides L.

A Water Dropwort

Omalotheca sylvatica (L.) Schultz

Wood Cudweed

Bip. & F. W. Schultz

(syn. Gnaphalium sylvaticum L.).

Orchis morio L.

Green-winged Orchid

Ornithopus perpusillus L.


Otanthus maritimus (L.) Hoffmanns & Link.


(syn. Diotis maritima (L.) Desf. ex


Papaver hybridum L.

Round Prickly-headed Poppy

Pilularia globulifera L.


Polygonum maritimum L.

Sea Knotgrass

Polygonum viviparum L.

Alpine Bistort

Pseudorchis albida (L.) A. & D.

Small White Orchid


(syn. Leucorchis albida(L.) Schur)

Puccinellia fasciculata Torr.)

Tufted Salt-marsh Grass


Pyrola rotundifolia L. ssp. maritima

Round-leaved Wintergreen

(Kenyon) E. F. Warb.

Ranunculus tripartitus DC.

Three-lobed Water Crowfoot

Sanguisorba officinalis (L.) (syn. Poferium officinalis (L.) A. Gray)

Great Burnet

Saxifraga granulatu L.

Meadow Saxifrage

Saxifraga hartii D. A. Webb

Hart's Saxifrage

Saxifraga hirculus L.

Yellow Marsh Saxifrage

Saxifraga nivalis L.

Alpine Saxifrage

Scirpus triqueter L.

Triangular Club Rush

(syn. Schoenoplectus triqueter (L.)


Simethis planifolia (L.) Gren. & Godr.

Kerry Lily

Spiranthes romanzoffiana Cham.

Drooping Lady's Tresses

Stachys officinalis (L.) Trevisan (syn. Betonica officinalis L.)


Trichomanes speciosum Willd.

Killarney Fern

Trifolium glomeratum L.

Clustered Clover

Trifolium subterraneum L.

Subterranean Clover

Trollius europaeus L.

Globe Flower

Vicia orobus DC.

Bitter Vetch

Viola hirta L.

Hairy Violet

Viola lactea Sm.

Pale Heath Violet

GIVEN under my Official Seal this 20th day of October 1987.


Minister for Finance.


This Order declares certain species of flora to be protected throughout the State.

In effect this means that, except under licence from the Minister for Finance, it is an offence for a person to cut, pick, uproof or otherwise take, purchase, sell or be in possession of any plant whether whole or part, of a species mentioned in the Order, or wilfully to alter, damage, destroy or interfere with the habitat of such a species.

Article 2 (3) of the Order has the effect of excluding from the operation of the Order any plants of the named species which are cultivated as vegetables e.g. asparagus.