A perennial, rarely biennial, root-hemiparasitic of acidic soils, found on damp grassy heaths, moorlands, upland flushed grasslands and the drier parts of bogs and marshes. 0-915 m (Macgillycuddy`s Reeks, S. Kerry).
P. sylvatica was mapped as `all records` in the 1962 Atlas. There has been a widespread decline in S. and E. England, which can be attributed to the loss of heathlands and unimproved grasslands. Analysis of the database reveals that most losses have occurred since 1950. Two subspecies occur in our area: subsp. sylvatica occurs throughout the range of the species; subsp. hibernica is mapped separately.
European Temperate element.
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.