Gaudinia fragilis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeGaudiniaGaudinia fragilis


An annual or short-lived perennial herb of meadows, pastures and waysides on calcareous clay soils; also an occasional casual around docks and on tips. Lowland.



World Distribution

Submediterranean-Subatlantic element.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 865

Life form information

Height (cm): 45

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 47

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

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.

Atlas text references

McClintock D
1972.  Short Notes. Gaudinia fragilis (L.) Beauv. Watsonia. 9:143-146.
Marren PR
1999.  Britain's rare flowers.