A short-lived perennial herb which occurs in a wide variety of grassland habitats, including old pastures and meadows, hill grassland, heaths, the drier parts of mires and on sand dunes. It is most frequent on acidic soils, and avoids drought-prone or waterlogged sites. Reproduction is by seed. 0-1030 m (Cairngorms).
A. odoratum was, until the 1920s, a component of grass-seed mixtures, but is no longer sown and has been lost from many pastures that have been improved. Nonetheless it is still ubiquitous at the 10-km square scale.
Eurosiberian Wide-temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Wide-temperate.
Light (Ellenberg): 7
Moisture (Ellenberg): 6
Reaction (Ellenberg): 4
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4
Annual Precipitation (mm): 1106
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
Comparative Plant Ecology,
, London, (1988)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
Self-fertility and seed set in natural populations of Anthoxanthum odoratum L.,
, Botanical Gazette, Volume 141, p.300-304, (1980)