Minuartia recurva

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeMinuartiaMinuartia recurva


This tufted, calcifugous perennial herb grows in thin humus in dry narrow cracks in slabs of siliceous rocks of Old Red Sandstone age. 510-610 m in the Caha Mountains (S. Kerry and W. Cork).



World Distribution

European Arctic-montane element; confined to the mountains of S.W. Asia, S. & S.C. Europe and Ireland.

Broad Habitats

Montane habitats (acid grassland and heath with montane species)

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 3

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 1


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.8

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.2

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1414

Life form information

Height (cm): 5

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 0

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 1

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

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

Atlas Supp (12b)
de Bolòs O, Vigo J
1990.  Flora dels Països Catalans, II. Crucíferes-Amarantàcies.
Curtis TGF, McGough HN
1988.  The Irish Red Data Book. 1. Vascular Plants.
Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Moore JJ
1966.  Minuartia recurva (All.) Schinz and Thell. new to the British Isles. Irish Naturalists’ Journal. 15:130-132.