An annual which is particularly associated with flush communities and wet moorland in upland areas. It is similar to E. micrantha and perhaps not specifically distinct from it (Stace, 1997). 0-915 m (Sgurr na Lappaich, Glen Strathfarrar, Easterness).
The distribution of this tetraploid species is somewhat uncertain because of confusion with other taxa and hybridisation. It is certainly under-recorded. In N.W. Scotland it is supposedly largely replaced by E. micrantha x E. scottica, but there are very few records of this hybrid.
European Boreal-montane element.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 601
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 75
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 (55b)
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1978)