Characteristic of a range of damp, acidic, usually shaded habitats, this rhizomatous patch-former is found in lowland woods, often beside streams, on peaty heaths and moors, and on rock ledges and rocky streamsides in mountainous regions. It is intolerant of grazing and it is often confined to woods or, in the uplands, rocks. 0-1040 m (Carrantuohil, S. Kerry).
The distribution of L. sylvatica is stable, except in C. & S.E. England where it appears to have been lost from many sites before 1970.
European Temperate element.
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 of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
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Plant communities of the Scottish Highlands. Monographs of the Nature Conservancy No. 1,
, London, (1962)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)