Montia fontana subsp. chondrosperma

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPortulacaceaeMontiaMontia fontana subsp. chondrosperma


A tufted annual to perennial herb which grows in drier habitats than the other subspecies, usually over sand and gravel in places which are moist or flooded in winter but dry out in summer. It rarely grows submerged in water, and is relatively intolerant of competition. Generally lowland, but reaching 450 m at South Stainmore (Westmorland).



World Distribution

European Temperate element, but distribution imperfectly known.

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.