Cerastium arvense

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeCerastiumCerastium arvense

Ecology

This perennial grows mainly on dry, calcareous to slightly acid, sandy soils, occurring in pastures, on dry roadsides, wayside banks, the margins of arable fields, sandy or gravelly waste ground, sand dunes and sand-pits. 0-300 m (Hounam Law, Roxburghs.).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

© O. Pescott

Broad Habitats

Acid grassland (includes non-calcareous sandy grassland)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.3

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 773

Life form information

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Chamaephyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 814

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 39

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -1.05

Weighted Changed Factor: -30

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

28

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003017

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 (67b)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1965)