Empetrum nigrum subsp. hermaphroditum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaEmpetraceaeEmpetrumEmpetrum nigrum subsp. hermaphroditum


A low-growing evergreen shrub, favouring moderately well-drained acidic soils and occurring in dwarf shrub and Racomitrium heaths, rock crevices and dry heather moor, including areas of late snow-lie. Usually montane, occurring from 610 m to 1130 m in the Cairngorm (Easterness), but formerly on coastal dunes at Tain (E. Ross).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Boreo-arctic Montane element; its distribution is more northerly than the Boreal-montane subsp. nigrum.

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.