A perennial herb, found in shallow water in streams, ditches, swamps and marshes, and on seasonally exposed mud at the edges of ponds, lakes, rivers and canals, sometimes scrambling into nearby vegetation. It is characteristic of nutrient-enriched sites. Generally lowland, but reaching 335 m E. of Shap (Westmorland).
The distribution of this species is stable. It was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. There has been confusion between this species and Berula erecta, particularly in S. Scotland where some of the older records may be erroneous.
Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
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)
Aquatic plants in Britain and Ireland,
, Colchester, (1997)
Umbellifers of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 2,
, London, (1980)