An annual or short-lived perennial herb of meadows, pastures and waysides on calcareous clay soils; also an occasional casual around docks and on tips. Lowland.
or alien. G. fragilis was cultivated in Britain by 1770 and was first recorded in the wild in 1903. It appears to have increased since 1980, though many new records are of well-established populations that must have been previously overlooked. It has a strikingly similar distribution to Oenanthe pimpinelloides and this, together with its preference for old meadows, has led some to consider that it might be native, at least in its core areas. Alternatively, it may have been introduced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with grass seed imported from S. Europe.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 47
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.