A tufted perennial herb of woods, meadows and pastures, downland and hill-slopes, maritime cliff grasslands, fixed dunes, field margins, roadsides and waste ground on a wide range of fertile, neutral and basic soils. 0-685 (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth) and exceptionally at 845 m on Great Dun Fell (Westmorland).
There has been no change in the distribution of D. glomerata since the 1962 Atlas. It is tolerant of grazing and is a common constituent of grass-seed mixtures for leys, with much seed coming from Denmark. It is often a relic of cultivation in the extreme north and west.
Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Southern-temperate.
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
1959. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 68. Dactylis glomerata L. Journal of Ecology. 47:223-239.
1988. Comparative Plant Ecology.
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.