Peucedanum officinale

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaUmbelliferaePeucedanumPeucedanum officinale

Ecology

This perennial herb of coastal grassland occurs in rough grassland and scrubby places adjoining saltmarsh or brackish grazing marsh, on creek sides and on sea walls; also on waste ground and, rarely, on roadsides. Plants spread by rhizomatous growth, but seed ripens only in warm years. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

European Southern-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Supralittoral sediment (strandlines, shingle, coastal dunes)

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4

0

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.1

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.7

Annual Precipitation (mm): 599

Life form information

Height (cm): 200

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 10

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.29

Distribution information

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000003706

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 (167a)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Rauschert S, Weinert E
1978.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.
Randall RE, Thornton G
1996.  Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 191. Peucedanum officinale L. Journal of Ecology. 84:475-485.
Tutin TG
1980.  Umbellifers of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 2.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.