Chrysosplenium oppositifolium

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaSaxifragaceaeChrysospleniumChrysosplenium oppositifolium


A perennial, stoloniferous herb found in boggy ground and seepages in woods, on streamsides, wet rocks and mountain ledges, usually in shade; also in grikes and sink-holes in limestone in the N. Pennines. It is generally found in more acidic habitats than C. alternifolium, but the two are often found together. 0-1100 m (Ben Nevis, Westerness).



World Distribution

Suboceanic Temperate element.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 5

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1168

Life form information

Height (cm): 15

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary


Comment on Life Form

"genuinely intermediate, perhaps nearer chamaephyte"



Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2067

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 688

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 6

Atlas Change Index: -0.36

Weighted Changed Factor: -1

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.

Atlas text references

Atlas (139c)
Grime JP, Hodgson JG, Hunt R
1988.  Comparative Plant Ecology.
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1999)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.