Plantago coronopus

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPlantaginaceaePlantagoPlantago coronopus

Ecology

A perennial herb of dry, open, often heavily trampled, habitats on acidic to basic stony or sandy soils, and rock crevices. It occurs in open grassland, on heaths, sand dunes and shingle, sea-cliffs and sea-walls, waste ground and by paths. Always known inland in S. and E. England, plants increasingly occur beside salt-treated roads. 0-340 m (Chagford, S. Devon).

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

2

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 2

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1065

Life form information

Height (cm): 6

Perennation - primary

Biennial, including monocarpic perennials

Perennation - secondary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Comment on Life Form

"CTW treat it as mainly biennial, but Stace says also annual or perennial"

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1445

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 303

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: 0.16

Weighted Changed Factor: 22

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)

16

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000004277

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 (255a)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 38. Plantago coronopus L,
Dodds, J. G.
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 41, p.467-478, (1953)

Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
Hultén, E., and Fries M.
, Königstein, (1986)

Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols,
Meusel, H., Jäger E., Rauschert S., and Weinert E.
, Jena, (1978)