Daboecia cantabrica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaEricaceaeDaboeciaDaboecia cantabrica


This straggling, low shrub occurs on heathland and moorland, often on rocky terrain, usually with other shrubs including Calluna vulgaris, Erica cinerea and Ulex gallii. It grows in thin acidic soils over quartzites or mica-schists, avoiding peat. 0-580 m (Ben Lettery, W. Galway, and Maamtrasna, W. Mayo).



World Distribution

Oceanic Southern-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Dwarf shrub heath (cover of dwarf shrubs at least 25%)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 3

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.4

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1265

Life form information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary


Life Form - secondary


Comment on Life Form

dwarf shrub



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 0

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 33

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: 0.12

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.

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