A shrub of heaths on infertile acidic soils, including leached soils overlying chalk and limestone; also found on sea-cliffs, in under-grazed or abandoned pastures, and on scrubby banks and waste ground. Generally lowland, but reaching 670 m in Macgillycuddy`s Reeks (S. Kerry).
The distribution of U. gallii is probably stable, despite local losses from grazing pressures. The boundary between the range of this species and that of U. minor is remarkably sharp, other than in Dorset, but there has been much mis-recording. There are new records for N. Scotland, where it may have been sown beside newly-made roads or, flowering late in the year, may previously have been overlooked.
Oceanic Temperate element.
Light (Ellenberg): 7
Moisture (Ellenberg): 6
Reaction (Ellenberg): 3
Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 2
Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0
January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.1
July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15
Annual Precipitation (mm): 1099
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
1999. Taxonomic separation of Ulex minor Roth. and U. gallii Planch.: morphometrics and chromosome counts. Watsonia. 22:365-376.
1965. The distinguishing characters and geographical distributions of Ulex minor and Ulex gallii. Watsonia. 6:177-187.