A perennial herb of damp or wet neutral or calcareous soils, and of more acidic soils where these are flushed by mineral-enriched groundwater. Habitats include short-sedge mires, damp meadows and pastures, fen-meadows, wet heaths, flushes and springs, montane rock ledges and Dryas heath. It also occurs, albeit rarely, on N.-facing slopes in chalk and limestone districts. 0-915 m (Macgillycuddy`s Reeks, S. Kerry, and W. Ross).
The distribution of C. pulicaris in N. and W. Britain and Ireland is largely unchanged. Elsewhere, losses from the lowlands, already apparent in the 1962 Atlas, have accelerated through drainage and the destruction of damp meadows and pastures.
Suboceanic Temperate element.
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.