A loosely to densely tufted, clump or carpet-forming perennial of acid heaths, moorland, hill-pasture and open woodland, usually of Betula or Quercus. It grows on a wide range of freely-draining base-poor substrates, including leached soils over basic rocks. It can survive in sheep-grazed woodland. 0-1220 m (Ben Macdui, Banffs.).
Though showing no general change from the 1962 Atlas, this species is declining locally in lowland areas due to the destruction of heathland and acidic grassland.
European Boreo-temperate element; also in E. Asia and 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
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)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 39. Deschampsia flexuosa (L.) Trin,
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 42, p.225-233, (1954)