A low shrub, locally common on podsolic or peaty acidic soils in upland dwarf-shrub heaths and blanket bog, occasionally in Nardus-Carex bigelowii heath; also, rarely, in calcareous Dryas communities on montane ledges. From 40 m at Loch Awe (Main Argyll) to about 1130 m on Cairngorm (Easterness), but predominantly an upland plant.
In the Highlands of Scotland V. uliginosum probably occurs in most squares for which there are only pre-1987 records. The losses in England mainly occurred before 1930. Its recent discovery on Exmoor (S. Somerset) is a remarkable extension of its range.
Circumpolar Boreo-arctic Montane element.
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
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
1996. Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 193. Vaccinium uliginosum L. Journal of Ecology. 84:771-785.
1978. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols.