A tufted perennial herb of lightly shaded places in woodland, especially beech woods; also found in scrub and hedgerows. It grows mainly in humus-rich but shallow calcareous soils, often on a slight slope. Lowland.
B. benekenii is now much better recorded than it was for the 1962 Atlas, although it is almost certainly still under-recorded. It may be a subspecies of the very similar B. ramosa, with which it often grows.
European Temperate element, with a continental distribution in W. Europe; also in C. Asia.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 64
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: 0.25
Scarce Atlas Account
Bromopsis benekenii (Lange) Holub
This grass is apparently largely confined to woods on shallow chalk, limestone or other calcareous soils in steep valleys. It is frequently recorded in beech woods but also occurs in other deciduous woods, and woodland margins and scrub. It grows in small to medium-sized patches among the species-rich ground layer on moderate humus in light shade and grows best on a slight slope.
B. benekenii is a perennial species which grows in small tufts. Little is known of its reproductive biology.
This is a little known and probably under-recorded species. It is treated by some authorities as B. ramosa subsp. benekenii (Lange). Tzvelev, and several competent recorders have found it difficult to distinguish from B. ramosa, with which it sometimes grows. B. benekenii may therefore still be present in the areas for which only pre-1970 records are available.
It is found in central and eastern Europe and at scattered localities eastwards to the Yangtze River in China.
A. L. Newton
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.