Pilosella aurantiaca

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaePilosellaPilosella aurantiaca


A stoloniferous or rhizomatous perennial herb, which has escaped from gardens and become naturalised on railway and roadside banks, on walls and in churchyards and other grassy and waste places. 0-445 m (Nenthead, Cumberland).



World Distribution

P. aurantiaca has a European Boreal-montane distribution; it is naturalised outside this range in Europe, N. America and elsewhere.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.9

Annual Precipitation (mm): 985

Life form information

Height (cm): 20

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Clonality - secondary

Far-creeping by stolons in illuminated medium

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1343

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 69

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 4

Weighted Changed Factor: 77

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


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.

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