Radiola linoides

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaLinaceaeRadiolaRadiola linoides


A small annual of damp, bare, infertile, peaty or sandy ground in acid grasslands and heaths, by ponds, on tracks and in woodland rides. Near the coast it occurs in dune-slacks, sandy grassland, on machair, and in soil-filled rock cracks. Lowland.



World Distribution

European Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Dwarf shrub heath (cover of dwarf shrubs at least 25%)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1061

Life form information

Height (cm): 6

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 548

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 115

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 11

Atlas Change Index: -0.87

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


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 (90c)
Byfield A, Pearman D
1996.  Dorset's disappearing heathland flora.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.