A perennial herb of damp grassland, woodland rides and clearings and stream banks; usually on moist, mildly acidic to neutral soils. In the Scottish mountains and some of the hills of northern England it is found on acidic, wet grassy slopes. Lowland to 790 m in Atholl (E. Perth).
C. pallescens was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. There has clearly been a marked decline in many areas; analysis of the database reveals that most of the losses have occurred since 1950.
Eurosiberian Boreo-temperate element; also in N. America.
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,
, Königstein, (1986)
Sedges of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 1, edn 2,
, London, (1982)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)