This straggling, low shrub occurs on heathland and moorland, often on rocky terrain, usually with other shrubs including Calluna vulgaris, Erica cinerea and Ulex gallii. It grows in thin acidic soils over quartzites or mica-schists, avoiding peat. 0-580 m (Ben Lettery, W. Galway, and Maamtrasna, W. Mayo).
The distribution of D. cantabrica is probably little changed, if at all, since 1950. It is naturalised in a few sites in Britain.
Oceanic Southern-temperate element.
Light (Ellenberg): 8
Moisture (Ellenberg): 5
Reaction (Ellenberg): 3
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4
Annual Precipitation (mm): 1265
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 0
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 33
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
Atlas Change Index: 0.12
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
La flore atlantique européenne. Documents pour les cartes des productions végétales serie Europe-Atlantique, vol. 1,
, Toulouse, (1962)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 64. Daboecia cantabrica K. Koch,
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 46, p.205-216, (1958)