Lapsana communis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeLapsanaLapsana communis


An annual to perennial herb, typically occurring in disturbed and shaded places, and thriving over a wide range of soil acidity and moisture. Habitats include open woodland, scrub, hedgerows, waste and cultivated ground, railway banks, roadsides and old walls. 0-440 m (Clun Forest, Salop).



World Distribution

European Temperate element; also in C. Asia and widely naturalised outside its native range.

© K.J. Walker, BSBI

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 7


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.6

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1059

Life form information

Height (cm): 95

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2437

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 895

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 13

Atlas Change Index: -0.47

Weighted Changed Factor: 2

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


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.