Ononis repens

Ecology

A rhizomatous perennial sub-shrub, widespread in grasslands on base-rich, well-drained, light soils, and also on calcareous boulder-clays. On the coast it occurs on sand dunes and shingle, and inland it is frequently a colonist of sandy or gravelly road verges. 0-365 m (Weardale, Co. Durham).

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Temperate element.

© M. Cotterill, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Calcareous grassland (includes lowland and montane types)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 878

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Chamaephyte

Life Form - secondary

Hemicryptophyte

Comment on Life Form

May be genuineline intermediate

Woodiness

Semi-woody

Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1664

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 178

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: -0.45

Weighted Changed Factor: -10

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

19

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003215

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.

Atlas text references

Atlas (101c)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Investigations into the phenetic relationships between species of Ononis L,
Ivimey-Cook, R. B.
, Watsonia, Volume 7, p.1-23, (1969)

Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)