A perennial herb of old meadows and pastures, downs, roadside-banks and waste places; often with P. pratense, but showing a preference for slightly thinner swards and drier, less fertile soils. It occasionally occurs as a wool-alien, on shoddy fields and rubbish tips. Lowland.
This taxon was not separately mapped in the 1962 Atlas. There is much confusion between P. pratense and P. bertolonii, and distributional trends cannot be assessed using existing data; robust agricultural strains of P. bertolonii are distinguishable from small P. pratense only by their differing chromosome number (Halliday, 1997). It is particularly under-recorded in Ireland.
European Southern-temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1927
Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 82
Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4
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.