Pulicaria dysenterica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaePulicariaPulicaria dysenterica


A perennial, rhizomatous herb of damp or wet, open habitats including marshy places, water- and fen-meadows, tall-herb fens, by rivers, streams, canals and ditches, in dune-slacks, wet hollows and seepages on sea-cliffs, damp woodland rides and roadside verges. It is found on a wide range of acidic and base-rich soil types. 0-325 m (Llyn Brianne, Cards.).



World Distribution

Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element; it reaches its northern limit in eastern Denmark.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 7

Moisture (Ellenberg): 7

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 4


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.5

Annual Precipitation (mm): 885

Life form information

Height (cm): 80

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 1497

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 391

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 14

Atlas Change Index: -0.08

Weighted Changed Factor: 0

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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