Minuartia stricta

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaCaryophyllaceaeMinuartiaMinuartia stricta


A loosely tufted but slender perennial herb that has only ever been known in Britain from Widdybank Fell, where it grows in open, gravelly flushes and eroding margins of sikes on metamorphic sugar limestone. The plant is not a strong competitor and is mainly associated with hummock-forming mosses and species such as Carex capillaris, Juncus triglumis, Minuartia verna and Primula farinosa. Upland, from 490 to 510 m on Widdybank Fell (Co. Durham).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Arctic-montane element.

Broad Habitats

Fen, marsh and swamp (not wooded)

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 9

Reaction (Ellenberg): 8

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 0.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 12.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1443

Life form information

Height (cm): 10

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Distribution information

Plantatt Conservation Status


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 (74d)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1983)
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.