Lavatera cretica

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaMalvaceaeLavateraLavatera cretica


An annual or biennial herb occurring in mostly open habitats near the sea, including bulb fields, old quarries, roadsides and disturbed ground. Lowland.



World Distribution

L. cretica has a Mediterranean-Atlantic distribution.

© G. Toone, IWNHAS

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 9

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 5

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 5.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 875

Height (cm): 100

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 31

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 1

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10

Atlas Change Index: 0.15

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (89a)
de Bolòs O, Vigo J
1990.  Flora dels Països Catalans, II. Crucíferes-Amarantàcies.
McClintock D
1975.  The wildflowers of Guernsey.
Wigginton MJ
1999.  British Red Data Books. 1. Vascular plants, edn 3.