A diploid annual of tightly grazed habitats on damp acidic substrates. It grows in old pastures, heaths, moorlands, and disused quarries. Generally lowland, but reaching 395 m at Ystrad-ffin (Carms.).
E. anglica is most distinct in S.W. England; elsewhere material can be difficult to name (Silverside, 1991). It frequently occurs in mixed populations showing introgression with a range of tetraploid species, and some of these local forms have become stabilised and show distinct ecological preferences. Because of these difficulties, the distribution is imperfectly known. It is regarded as a subspecies of E. officinalis sens. str. by Silverside (1991, 1998).
Endemic; the identification of similar plants in N. France requires confirmation (Yeo, 1978).
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 375
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 52
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0
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 Supp (62a)